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Tirunelveli Balsam   
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Tirunelveli Balsam
P Native Photo: Shrishail Kulloli
Common name: Tirunelveli Balsam
Botanical name: Impatiens disotis    Family: Balsaminaceae (Balsam family)

Tirunelveli Balsam is an erect herb with leaves elliptic, alternate. Flowers are borne in umbels of short racemes, white, zygomorphic. Lateral sepals are oblong, pointed. Spur shorter than limb of lip, 6- 12 mm long, not hooked. Petals 3 or 5, anterior standard erect, the side ones (wings) entire or 2-3 lobed, sometimes with a short or long and slender appendage at the base. Stamens 5; filaments short and broad; anthers cohering. Ovary oblong, 5- celled; ovules many, 1-seriate in each cell; stigma stalkless, 5-toothed. Capsule are short or long, splitting; valves 5, elastically springing away from a placentiferous axis; seeds smooth or tubercled, hairless or hairy; albumen absent. Tirunelveli Balsam is endemic to Southern Western Ghats.

Identification credit: Shrishail Kulloli Photographed in Kerala.

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