Handsome Flowered Balsam

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True to its name, Handsome Flowered Balsam is one of the finest of the Indian Balsams. It is an annual herb with erect succulent stems, swollen at nodes. Alternately arranged elliptic membranous leaves. Flowers occur in leaf axils, on stalks. Violet purple flowers are 4-5 cm across. Standard petal is round, notched, spurred at the back. Wing petals are broad. Lip is short, boat-shaped. Spur is long and curved. Occurs on slopes of forested hills above 1000 m. Unlike other balsams, this one is not geragrious.

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Handsome Flowered Balsam
Handsome Flowered Balsam