Impatiens pallidiflora


Flowering & Fruiting: June – July

Habitat: Grassy Slopes

Distribution: Southern Western Ghats


Slender herb, 30-50 cm high; stems branched, often pubescent. Leaves opposite, short-petioled, oblong or linear-oblong, truncate or rounded at base, entire or minutely spinulose-serrulate at margin, acute or acuminate at apex, 3-5 cm long, glabrous or pubescent above, almost glaucous beneath. Flowers in fascicles, ca 2 cm across, rose or pink turning yellow when dry. Lateral sepals linear, 6-7 mm long. Lip cymbiform, acute; spur subequal to limb of lip or longer. Standard orbicular with an obscure dorsal keel, short. Wings ca 1.5 cm long, clawed; basal lobe almost absent; distal lobe dolabriform; dorsal auricle present. Capsule not known.


Impatiens pallidifloraHook.f., Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1911: 354. 1911; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 141(100). 1915; Bhaskar &Razi, Indian J. For. 1: 73. 1978; Vivek. et al. in Hajra et al., Fl. India 4: 188. 1997; N.C. Rathakr. et al. in P. Daniel, Fl. Kerala 1: 553. 2005.