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Impatiens balfourii Hook. f., Bot. Mag. 129: t. 7878. 1903. & in Rec. Bot. Surv. Ind. 1,4:9.1904; Blatter, Beautiful Flow. Kashm. 1:72.1929; R.R. Stewart, l.c. 464.

Annual 45 cm or more tall, glabrous. Leaves elliptic-ovate to lanceolate, alternate, lamina 40-100 x 18-42 mm, serrate-crenate, with 8-13 pairs of lateral nerves, raphides present, base glandular-stipitate; petiole up to 55 mm long. Racemes subterminal on peduncles up to 100 mm long. Flowers white, pink and yellow, 18-27 mm long. Bracts c. 3 mm long. Lateral sepals 2.5 mm long; spurred lower sepal 22-25 mm long, conical, tapering into a slender straight spur 10-15 mm long. Anterior petal 5.5-6 x 10-13 mm; lateral united petals unequal, 20-25 mm long; lower one prolonged, larger than the upper petal, sometimes retuse. Capsule broadly linear, 20-24 mm long, erect. Seeds 2.5-3 mm long, ovoid.

Fl. Per.: Late July-August.

Type: A specimen cultivated at Edinburgh of W. Himalayan provenance.

Distribution: NW. Himalayas, Kashmir.

I have seen populations of this species growing alongside Impatiens bicolor Royle, near Bhagnotar, Abbottabad-Nathia Gall road and may be hybridising with it in nature. Pl. 17, Fig. 3, in Blatter (l.c.) is not that of Impatiens balfourii.


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