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Impatiens capensis

Common Name of Species: Spotted Touch-Me-Not
Family: Balsaminaceae

Entry Author:  C. Friedl, Muhlenberg College
Description:  Spotted touch-me-not are easily identified by their cornucopia shaped flower heads, which are a bright orange with rusty red colored spots.  Often grow in colonies.

Leaves are 1   - 3 long, are thin, ovate shaped, with a soft waxy texture.  Underside is distinctly paler than top.
1 inch long.  Calyx with 3 sepals, 1 sepal same color as petals and forming a sharply spurred sac, inch long, 2 sepals green; corolla with 5 petals each side pair united and appearing as a single petal. (Audubon)
Stems are translucent and succulent, exuding juices when broken.   
Branching Pattern:  
Leaves grow alternately on stem.
Height:  2-5 feet tall
Conditions/Habitat:  Shaded wetlands and woods.
Range:  Common across northeastern and north-central North America.

Niering, W.A., Olmstead, N.C, & Thieret, J.W. (2001). National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers Eastern Region (Revised Edition).  New York: Random House Inc.

Newcomb, Lawrence (1977).  Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide.  New York: Little, Brown.

McKenny, M. & Peterson R.T. (1996). Peterson Field Guides: Wildflowers Northeastern/ North-central North America. New York: Houghton Mifflin.

USDA, NRCS (2004). Plants Database, Version 3.05 (  National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874 USA.


This page was created by: C. Friedl, Muhlenberg College
Last updated 12/15/05