Rock Balsam
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Rock Balsam
A Native Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Rock Balsam
Botanical name: Impatiens rupicola    Family: Balsaminaceae (Balsam family)
Synonyms: Impatiens rivulicola

Rock Balsam is a herbs 20-30 cm tall, with stems tetragonous. Leaves are opposite, shortly stalked , linear, pointed or tapering, entire or rarely very minutely minutely toothed, 3-4 cm long, leathery; leaf-stalks with stipitate glands at base. Flowers arise singly or in 2-3-flowered fascicles, 0.5-2 cm long, rose to bluish-purple, carried on flower-stalks 1-1.5 cm long, 2-2.5 cm long in fruiting, deflexed. Lateral sepals are linear, tapering, about 1 cm long. Lip is boat-shaped; spur incurved, short. Standard is round, dorsally keeled. Wings are up to 2 cm long, clawed, 2-lobed; basal lobes oblong, erect or decurved, small; distal lobes semilunate, fleshy; dorsal ear short. Capsules are ovoid, 0.8 - 1 cm long, drooping; seeds spherical, hardly 2 mm, black, shining. Rock Balsam is endemic to Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala.

Identification credit: V. Bhaskar Photographed in Kudal, Konkan, Maharashtra.

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