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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Species: Indian Balsam

Impatient plant (Indian Balsam, Jättebalsamin, Impatiens glandulifera), invasive weed in Sweden

This gorgeous flowering plant, up to 3 m tall, is an invasive wetland and wet soil weed in Sweden.

It is native to India and was first found in Stockholm harbor in 1928, and now it is common in many parts of southern and central Sweden, especially around Stockholm. This photo is from an area north of Stockholm, in Gävle near the Baltic Coast.

The fruits are impatient, thereby the genus name Impatiens. When you touch the mature fruit it explodes in your hand (video here) and the seeds are shot away to new places for new plants to grow. But the flowers of this invasive are gorgeous, dark pink and orchid like.

Species: Indian balsam, Impatiens glandulifera (Balsaminaceae)
[photo credit: Vilseskogen on Flickr, Creative Commons licensing]

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