ORANGE BALSAM

Impatiens capensis

Balsam Family [Balsaminaceae]

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flower
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flower
flower8orange
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morph
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petals
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type
typeZspurred
stem
stem8round

31st Aug 2010, Hyde overflow, Peak Forest Canal. Photo: © RWD
Prefers a refuge in out of reach places on navigable canals.


16th Aug 2008, Trent & Mersey Canal, Chester. Photo: © RWD
On a lock gate, on the down-side of a lock where it will not get drowned.


31st Aug 2010, Hyde overflow, Peak Forest Canal. Photo: © RWD
Orange horn-shaped flowers hang precariously suspended from short stems.


15th Sept 2006, Concrete Cows Country, Grand Union Canal. Photo: © RWD
The orange flowers have red or deeper orange spots and markings splashed all over them. Leaves are dark green.


16th Aug 2008, Trent & Mersey Canal, Chester. Photo: © RWD
The stems are semi-translucent and brownish yellow. Flowers hang from shortish stalks, and have a spur that curls underneath 180° to point towards the large opening of the flower. Leaves are alternate.


16th Aug 2008, Trent & Mersey Canal, Chester. Photo: © RWD
Flowers are flushed with a base colour of orange and splashed with deep orange or red blotches. Two long and narrow seed pods which have lost their flowers are above.


16th Aug 2008, Trent & Mersey Canal, Chester. Photo: © RWD
Where stalk meets flower are two orange-coloured sepals with negatively-curved points straddling the saddle of the flower. Spur doubled backwards under flower. Seed pods appear square in csa and pointed at the tip.


16th Aug 2008, Trent & Mersey Canal, Chester. Photo: © RWD
Flower supposedly has five petals, but only a large lower lip and a smaller upper lip are easily discernible. The four-sided seed pod pierces the upper lip to appear inside the funnel.


16th Aug 2008, Trent & Mersey Canal, Chester. Photo: © RWD
Pair of orange sepals atop flower. More petals in evidence here.


31st Aug 2010, Hyde overflow, Peak Forest Canal. Photo: © RWD
The leaves are dark green probably because the whole plant is infused with the same base orange colouring that suffuse the flowers. Leaves have fewer than about 10 serrations on each side of the leaf.


Not to be confused with : Coppery Monkeyflower [which has much the same orange/yellow colouring with orange/red splashes of colour (but a totally different shape)].

Some similarities to : Touch-me-not Balsam but that has larger and yellower flowers with fewer orangey/red dots and a spur underneath the flower that is bent at only 90° and points mostly downwards and not doubled-back 180° pointing towards the flower opening.

Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature : A mostly orange flower suspended from its stalk with a spur underneath that doubles back 180°.

No relation to : Orange Day-Lily, Orange Mullein, Orange Bird's-foot, Orange-Peel Clematis, Mock-Orange, Orange Whitebeam, Orange-Ball-Tree or Orange Hawkweed [plants with similar names].


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ORANGE BALSAM

Impatiens capensis

Balsam Family [Balsaminaceae]

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