Shrubs of Morni: Himalayan Balsam

August 12, 2013

Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) is a shrub that originates in the Himalayas. Is typically 5 to 6 feet high with green, red-tinged stem. Leaves are long and slender with serrated edges. The flowers are pink with a hood that resembles a policeman’s helmet. The bees and the wasps can be seen drinking the sweet and sticky nectar with their heads inside the hood. It flowers during the monsoons. The seed pods explode to scatter the seeds over a large area. The shrub was cultivated for its flowers in other parts of the world and is now treated as an invasive weed in some countries.

 

Himalayan Balsam- The Flower

Himalayan Balsam- The Flower ; Morni hills (August)

Himalayan Balsam- bee drinking nectar

Himalayan Balsam- bee drinking nectar

Himalayan Balsam, Bhuri, Morni hills

Himalayan Balsam, Bhuri, Morni hills

Himalayan Balsam- whorled leaves

Himalayan Balsam- whorled leaves

 

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