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Slender East-Himalayan Balsam   
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Slender East-Himalayan Balsam
P Native Photo: Saroj Kasaju
Common name: Slender East-Himalayan Balsam
Botanical name: Impatiens exilis    Family: Balsaminaceae (Balsam family)
Synonyms: Impatiens longicornu f. cristata Hook., Impatiens formicarum

Slender East-Himalayan Balsam is a perennial herb with slender purple flowers. Flowers are borne in clusters of 2-3, carried on short flower-cluster-stalks, arising in leaf axils. Flower-cluster-stalks may sometimes be absent, and flowers just fascicled. Flowers are purple, lip boat-shaped, spur very long, slender, curved. Leaves are opposite, alternate and pseudo whorled, ovate-elliptic, narrowing into short leaf-stalks. Capsules are short, linear or somewhat club-shaped, hairless. Seeds are hairless too. Slender East-Himalayan Balsam is found in Eastern Himalayas, from Nepal to Bhutan, Darjeeling, at altitudes of 600-1200 m. Flowering: May-June.

Identification credit: Wojciech Adamowski Photographed in Sourinee, Mirik, Darjeeling distt.

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