West Highland Flora

Himalayan Balsam


Impatiens glandulifera

 

Impatiens glandulifera

Photo Carl Farmer
23 Aug 2003 Staffin, Skye
Furthest left flower 4.5 cm long

An invasive non-native species of damp ground and river banks, causing severe damage to natural habitats in Argyll, but less common further north.

Plant typically 1-2 m tall.  Flower c 3-5 cm long.

ID: Flowers unmistakable.

Other features: Flowers vary from white to deep pink.  Stems red, leaves often in whorls of three.  Annual.

 

Impatiens glandulifera

Photo Carl Farmer
23 Aug 2003 Staffin, Skye

  Impatiens glandulifera

Photo Carl Farmer
23 Aug 2003 Staffin, Skye
Flower 4 cm long
 

    A tiny specimen among riverside rocks


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