Summer Wildflowers of Mount Holyokeby Karen Searcy
Taxonomy
Balsaminaceae
Impatiens capensis (Orange Jewelweed)
Flower colororange
Number of petals5
Petal fusionfused
Lea arrangementalternate
Leaf groupingsimple
Leaf marginstoothed
Leaf/leaflet shapeegg-shaped
Fruit typedry
Fruit colorgreen
Flowering datesAug - Sept
Fruiting datesAug
HabitatWetlands
LocalityLower north slope and lower south side
DescriptionThis branching annual is only found in wetlands and can grow up to 5 feet tall. The orange, bilaterally symmetrical flowers have a tail like spur and are spotted with red. The flowers occur in pairs and the fruit open explosively when touched. Another species of Impatiens, the yellow flowered Impatiens pallida, occurs in moist areas toward the west end of the and near Elmer Brook.
Habit photoPW
Flower photoPW
Fruit photoAT
Fruit photo 2AT
Leaf photoKBS