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Tilo Balsam   
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Tilo Balsam
A Native Photo: Shrishail Kulloli
Common name: Tilo Balsam
Botanical name: Impatiens tilo    Family: Balsaminaceae (Balsam family)
Synonyms: Balsamina tilo

Tilo Balsam is and erect annual herbs, with stems slender, flaccid. Leaves are opposite, 7.5-12.5 cm long, oblong-lanceshaped, narrowed at base, pointed at tip, rounded toothed-sawtoothed along margins, sparsely hairy. Flowers are borne in leaf-axils, singly or in fascicles, pink or mauve with dark streaks. Flower-stalks are 2.5-4 cm long, deflexed in fruits. Lateral sepals are oblong or linear, caduceus. Lip is concave, nearly equal to petals; spurs longer than flowers, slender and tapering to a point. Wings are oblong, clawed, entire or with minute basal lobes. Capsules are oblong, about 1.8 cm long. Tilo Balsam is endemic to Southern Western Ghats, in Kerala.

Identification credit: Shrishail Kulloli Photographed in Kerala.

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