Impatiens tenella Heyne ex Wight. & Arn.

 
  • Family : BALSAMINACEAE
    (BALSAM FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Balsaminaceae
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Impatiens tenella Heyne ex Wight & Arn.
  • Habit : Herb
  • Comments / notes : Found on open plains amidst grass. Chromosome No.: n=7 (Rao et al., 1986); n=8 (Bhaskar & Razi, 1972 - 1973).
  • Key identification features : Succulent herbs with stem swollen at nodes; Leaves opposite, pubescent above, glabrous below; Flowers axillary; Calyx glabrous, white to pink; Corolla winged, lobed, glabrous; Anthers pink, glabrous; Fruit is a capsule, ellipsoid-oblong, glabrous; Seeds subglobose, laterally slighly compressed, glabrous, shiny, blackish brown.
  • Flower, Fruit : September-November
  • Distribution :
    • Karnataka : Shivamogga district
    • Kerala : Palakkad district
    • Tamil Nadu : The Nilgiri district
  • Native : India
  • Endemism : Western Ghats
  • Conservation Status : Endangered (EN)
  • Literature : Sharma B.D, 1984 - Flora of Karnataka Analysis; Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI; Henry, Kumari & Chithra (1983). Flora of Tamil Nadu, India vol. 1.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. http://peninsula.ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Impatiens tenella. Downloaded on 12 December 2019.

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