Touch-Me-Not

Family

(Balsaminaceae)

The Touch-Me-Not Family is characterized by smallish, bright, irregularly shaped flowers. They one one very large sepal that extends out between the three petals, with 2 smaller sepals. They have 5 stamens which do not protrude very much. The leaves are very thin and watery. Generally this family is mostly tropical. The genus in our area, Impatiens, has a seedpod, that when it is touched, 5 coils eject seeds. The leaves are simple, entire, or if not entire, have very small teeth. The leaves are pinnately veined. We found one out of the 5 species that gow in our area.
Touch-Me-Not
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