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Orange Balsam or Touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)


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The flowers of this plant are yellow/orange with a tubular corolla that is hooked at one end. The stems have swollen or darkened nodes. The leaves are alternate and nearly oval. The seed pods are pendant and have projectile seeds that explode out of the pods when they are lightly touched, if ripe. It is from this action the plant gets its common name,- 'touch-me-not'. The fruit is slender and the seed has four ridges. The plant is native to North America being common in ditches and creeks. It was introduced to England during the 19th and 20th centuries and it has now naturalised spreading north and west from the Thames area. Picture taken 28th July 2006 at Bromham, Bedfordshire.

26th Sep 2006 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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