spotted touch-me-not

(Impatiens capensis)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

spotted touch-me-not

NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Wetland
Indicator
Status

Great Plains

FACW - Facultative wetland

Midwest

FACW - Facultative wetland

Northcentral & Northeast

FACW - Facultative wetland

Nativity

Native

 
Occurrence

 

 
Habitat

Moist. Woods, forests, meadows, stream banks. Light shade to partial sun.

 
Flowering

July to September

     
Flower Color

Orange

     
Height

2 to 6

     

Identification

This is a 2 to 6 tall, erect, annual forb that rises from a shallow, branching taproot. It often forms colonies

The stems are erect, hairless, branched above the middle, light green to light reddish green, and translucent. They are succulent, hollow, and easily broken.

The leaves are alternate, egg-shaped or elliptic, and thin. They are 1 to 4 long and up to 2 wide, less than 3 times longer than wide. They are on leaf stalks up to 2 long, the stalk usually shorter than the blade. The upper surface is dull green and hairless. The lower surface is hairless. The margins have rounded, forward-pointing teeth. The teeth are tipped with a short, sharp, whitish, abrupt point. The leaves on flowering branches are no more than 3 long.

The inflorescence is a widely-spreading cluster of 1 to 3 flowers rising from the upper leaf axils. The flowers are held horizontally on ¾ to 1 long, drooping stalks.

The flowers are ¾ to 1 long. There are 3 petal-like sepals and 5 petals. The upper 2 sepals are light green to light yellow, small, and located behind the upper lip. The lower sepal is light orange and shiny. It is modified to form a cone-shaped tube ending in a narrow nectar spur. The cone-shaped portion of the sepal is longer than it is wide. The spur is ¼ to long, hairless, curved forward, and held close to the body of the flower.

The petals are orange with reddish-brown spots. One petal forms the upper lip. It is short and wide and curves upward. The four remaining petals are fused in pairs to form two lobed, lateral petals. The lobes of these petals spread outwards forming a pair of landing pads for pollinating insects. Near the upper lip are 5 stamens fused together forming a cap over the pistil. There is no floral scent.

The fruit is a slender, hairless, 5-valved capsule about ¾ long. When ripe it explodes if touched or jarred, releasing its seeds.

 
Similar
Species

Pale touch-me-not (Impatiens pallida) is usually a larger plant. The leaves on flowering branches are usually more than 3 long. The flowers are larger, 1 to 1½ long. The tube formed by the lower sepal is shorter and bowl-shaped, as long as wide. The spur is shorter, to ¼ long, and is held at a right angle to the flower body, pointing downward. The petals are pale yellow. It is less common than spotted touch-me-not and is found in shadier locations.


Distribution Distribution Map   Sources: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 28.

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Taxonomy

Family:

Balsaminaceae (touch-me-not)

 
Synonyms

Impatiens biflora

Impatiens fulva

Impatiens noli-tangere ssp. biflora

Impatiens nortonii

 
Common
Names

jewel-weed

jewelweed

lady’s-earings

orange jewelweed

orange touch-me-not

spotted snapweed

spotted touch-me-not


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

axil

The upper angle where the leaf stalk meets the stem.

 

sepal

An outer floral leaf, usually green but sometimes colored, at the base of a flower.

 

succulent

Having thick leaves, stems, or roots that store water. Succulent tissues appear fleshy externally and juicy internally.

       

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Orange Balsam (Impatiens capensis).

 
     
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  Spotted Touch-Me-Not (Impatiens capensis)
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also called Jewelweed

 
     
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  Jewelweed Impatiens capensis)
Karl Foord
 
   
 
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Published on Sep 17, 2013

 

 
     
  Spotted Touch-Me-Not seed pod exploding
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Uploaded on Sep 22, 2010

i had only discovered that Spotted Touch-Me-Nots were native to North America and a favorite flower for Hummingbirds. And also this summer i have come to understand how they got their name. With the slightest of pressure on a ready seed pod they exploding shooting seeds in all directions.

This plant is not a garden pest/weed! keep it around if you want hummingbirds to visit your yard every year!

 
     
  Common Jewelweed - Impatiens capensis
adamitshelanu
 
   
 
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Published on Sep 2, 2014

Common Jewelweed - Impatiens capensis

Uncle Steve was greeted by a bush of beautiful bright orange flowers at a frequent fishing spot in the Deep River in Cedar Falls, Cedar Falls, Randolph County, North Carolina: Common Jewelweed

Impatiens capensis Meerb.

Spotted Touch-me-not, Orange Jewelweed

Date: 19 AUGUST 2014

 
     
  A01 Impatiens Capensis Séquence 2-Autres plantes.m4v
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Uploaded on Jan 11, 2010

L'impatiente du Cap du début de l'été à l'automne. La Impatiente del Cap del principio de la verano hasta el otoño. jewellweed from the begening of summer to fall. 从春季到秋季不耐烦角

 
     
  Natural Cure for Poison Ivy - Jewelweed/Impatiens capensis [Plant Identification]
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Published on Sep 11, 2013

Krik of Black Owl Outdoors highlights a very useful plant found in the forest, Jewelweed or Impatiens capensis. Jewelweed can be used as a topical antidote to poison ivy and relieve the poison ivy's annoying symptoms.

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