Woolly Red Balsam
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Woolly Red Balsam
P Native Photo: Shrishail Kulloli
Common name: Woolly Red Balsam
Botanical name: Impatiens munronii    Family: Balsaminaceae (Balsam family)

Woolly Red Balsam is an endershrub, up to 2 ft tall, softly hairy; stems branched, woody, almost woolly. Flowers are borne singly in leaf-axils, white or red; flower-stalks 1.5-3 cm long, slender, hairy. Lateral sepals are ovate, as large as wings, hairy. Lip with spur trumpet-shaped, about 1.5 cm long, incurved,hairy. Standard is round, keeled on dorsal side, hairy. Wings are short, bipartite to middle. Leaves are alternate, clustered towards ends of branches, elliptic, tapering, minutely toothed, 3-8 x 1.5-3 cm, membranous, hairy on both sides, glandular along margins; leaf-stalks 1.5-5 cm long, hairy. Capsules hairy; seeds hairless. Woolly Red Balsam is endemic to Southern Western Ghats, found generally at altitudes of 1500-2000 m in Tamil Nadu. Flowering: November-January.

Identification credit: Shrishail Kulloli Photographed in Kerala.

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