Marsh Balsam
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Marsh Balsam
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Marsh Balsam
Botanical name: Impatiens tomentosa    Family: Balsaminaceae (Balsam family)
Synonyms: Impatiens ramosissima

Marsh Balsam is an annual herb with smooth stems and stalkless or short-stalked leaves. Leaves are oblong-lancelike, acutely serrated, slightly bristly above, pale and smooth beneath. Flowers arise on velvety pedicels in leaf axils, either solitary or twin. Anterior sepal is hooded, and has a short spur. Capsule is oblong, smooth. Marsh Balsam is found in marshy places on the Nilgiries, Karnataka and Maharashtra. Flowering: August-September.

Identification credit: Jyosna Dessai Photographed in Maharashtra.

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