Narrow Flowered Balsam
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Narrow Flowered Balsam
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Narrow Flowered Balsam
Botanical name: Impatiens stenantha    Family: Balsaminaceae (Balsam family)

Narrow Flowered Balsam is a beautiful Himalayan Balsam, with small orange-yellow flowers with red spots on the inside of the lower lip. The lower sepal is long up-curved funnel-shaped, with a curved reddish spur tapering into a fine point. Lateral sepals are elliptic. Upper petal is ovate entire. Lip has long strap-shaped lobes. Wing have a broad side-lobe. Leaves are elliptic, long pointed, with regular rounded gland-tipped teeth. The plant has slender stem 1-2 ft tall. Narrow Flowered Balsam is found in the Himalayas, from C. Nepal to Bhutan, at altitudes of 1800-2600 m. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Gangtok, Sikkim.
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