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Impatiens capensis . Meerb
ORANGE BALSAM
Jewelweed

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Impatiens capensis
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Impatiens capensis

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Impatiens capensis, Jewelweed, Howard County, MD, Helen Lowe Metzman ---.
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Impatiens capensis
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Impatiens capensis, Spotted Jewelweed
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Impatiens capensis, Spotted Jewelweed

Impatiens capensis
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Impatiens capensis, inflorescence - lateral view of flower
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Impatiens capensis, whole plant - juvenile
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Associates · map
FamilyScientific name @ source (records)
Aphididae  Aphis ( @ NCSU_ENT (2)

Macrosiphum ( @ NCSU (2)
Apidae  Bombus fervidus @ AMNH_BEE (1)

Bombus ternarius @ AMNH_BEE (4)

Bombus vagans @ AMNH_BEE (9); UCRC_ENT (1)
Colletidae  Hylaeus affinis @ BBSL (1)
Halictidae  Lasioglossum cattellae @ BBSL (1)
Megachilidae  Megachile mendica @ BBSL (9)
Uropyxidaceae  Aecidium impatientis-capensis @ BPI (1)
_  Torula herbarum @ BPI (1)

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Delaware Wildflowers  •  Scientific names

Impatiens capensis Meerb. Spotted Jewel-weed
Balsaminaceae — Spotted Jewelweed family
Native
Impatiens capensis
White Clay Creek State Park -- Creek Road
August 2008 Impatiens capensis
White Clay Creek State Park -- Thompson Station Road
September 2005 Impatiens capensis
Thompson Station Road
August 2009 Impatiens capensis
White Clay Creek State Park -- Creek Road
September 2010

Guide to Impatiens of Delaware

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Impatiens capensis Meerb.

Touch-me-not

Impatiens capensis plant

Family - Balsaminaceae

Stems - To 1.5m tall, branching above, erect, herbaceous, easily broken, succulent, glabrous, somewhat glaucous, hollow when larger.

Leaves - Alternate, petiolate. Petiole to +/-5cm long, glabrous. Blade ovate to elliptic, shallow serrate, to 10cm long, +/-5cm broad, somewhat glaucous. Teeth of blade with whitish mucro at apex.

Impatiens capensis leaves

Inflorescence - Clusters of 1-3 pedicillate flowers from leaf axils. Pedicels to 3cm long, sometimes with one or two small scale-like bracts.

Flowers - Petals 5, appearing as only 3 petals because of the union of the lateral petals, orange-yellow. Sepals 3, orange-yellow. Larger sepal with spur to +1mm long. Stamens 5, connate around stigma. Pistil 1. Ovary 5-locular. Capsules exploding(elastically dehiscent) when touched, to 3cm long, 1cm wide.

Impatiens capensis flower Flower.

Impatiens capensis flower Again.

Flowering - May - October.

Habitat - Moist ground, low woods, slopes, stream banks, ravines.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - Everyone loves to play with the elastically dehiscent seed pods of this plant and it's relative I. pallida Nutt. The pods give a little "pop" when touched, and the seeds fly a pretty good distance. The stems of the plant are easily broken and contain a highly mucilaginous fluid which is supposed to remedy skin irritations caused by other plants. How convenient that this species shares the same habitat as the "Stinging Nettles" ( Urtica and Laportea ).
In case you're wondering, this is the same genus as the common cultivated Impatiens seen at nearly every garden shop. Few people notice that the flowers of those plants are also spurred like I. capensis .

Photographs taken in Brown Summit, NC., 7-15-02.


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Impatiens capensis Meerb.
jewelweed

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General Information
Symbol: IMCA
Group: Dicot
Family: Balsaminaceae
Duration: Annual
Growth Habit : Forb/herb
Native Status : CAN   N
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Synonyms

Symbol Scientific Name
IMBI2 Impatiens biflora Walter
IMFU Impatiens fulva Nutt.
IMNOB Impatiens noli-tangere L. ssp. biflora (Walter) Hultén
IMNO2 Impatiens nortonii Rydb.

Classification

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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Geraniales
Family Balsaminaceae – Touch-me-not family
Genus Impatiens L. – touch-me-not
Species Impatiens capensis Meerb. – jewelweed

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Northcentral & Northeast FACW
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