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Spreading Rays Balsam   
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Spreading Rays Balsam
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Spreading Rays Balsam
Botanical name: Impatiens radiata    Family: Balsaminaceae (Balsam family)
Synonyms: Impatiens centiflora

Spreading Rays Balsam is a tall annual herb, which is quite hairless and much branched. Leaves are long-stalked, elliptic-ovate or lanceshaped, long-pointed, toothed. Flowers are borne in clusters which arise towards the end of the branches. Clusters consists of several spreading rays of flower-stalks arranged in whorls. Flowers are pale purple to yellowish white, 1.2-1.6 cm deep, small. Lateral sepals are ovate-lanceolate, minute. Lower sepal is navicular, 6-7 mm, 1-1.1 cm deep (including spur), gradually narrowed into an erect spur. Upper petal is hoodlike, nearly circular, lateral united petals 1-1.4 cm, 2-lobed; basal lobes broadly ovate to nearly circular, 2-3 × 2-3 mm, small. Distal lobes are oblong, 0.8-1.1 cm, apically 2-lobed, apex itself obtuse. Anthers obtuse. Capsule is linear. Spreading Rays Balsam is found in the Himalayas, from Nepal to Bhutan, and NE India, at altitudes of 2100-3500 m.

Photographed on the Bomdilla-Tawang route, Arunachal Pradesh.
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