spotted touch-me-not

(Impatiens capensis)

Conservation Status
spotted touch-me-not
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  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

     
           
 
Description
 
 

Spotted touch-me-not 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.

 
     
 

Height

 
 

2 to 6

 
     
 

Flower Color

 
 

Orange

 
     
 

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.  
     
 
Habitat
 
 

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

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Flowering

 
 

July to September

 
     
 
Use
 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 24, 28.

 
  6/3/2012      
         
 

Nativity

 
 

Native

 
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

 

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Kingdom Plantae (green algae and land plants)  
  Subkingdom Viridiplantae (green plants)  
  Infrakingdom Streptophyta (land plants and green algae)  
  Superdivision Embryophyta (land plants)  
  Division Tracheophyta (vascular plants)  
  Subdivision Spermatophytina (seed plants)  
  Class Magnoliopsida (dicots)  
  Superorder Asteranae  
 

Order

Ericales (heathers, balsams, primroses, and allies)  
 

Family

Balsaminaceae (touch-me-nots)  
 

Genus

Impatiens (touch-me-not)  
       
 

There are 1,068 species in the genus Impatiens accepted by Plants of the World Online (POWO).

 
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

 

 
       
 

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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Luciearl
       

A favorite of bumblebees and hummingbirds. This has become my favorite flower of the summer.

  spotted touch-me-not   spotted touch-me-not
       
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  Orange Balsam
Wez Smith
 
  Orange Balsam  
 
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Orange Balsam (Impatiens capensis).

 
     
  Jewelweed
DianesDigitals
 
  Jewelweed  
 
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Copyright DianesDigitals

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

 
     
  Spotted Touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)
Bill Keim
 
  Spotted Touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)  
     
  Impatiens capensis (Spotted Jewelweed)
Allen Chartier
 
  Impatiens capensis (Spotted 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
CitraBenzoet's channel
 
   
 
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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
Jean Désorcy
 
   
 
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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]
BlackOwlOutdoors
 
   
 
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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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Alfredo Colon
8/31/2019

Location: Maplewood Nature Center

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Luciearl
8/25/2019

Location: Cass County

A favorite of bumblebees and hummingbirds. This has become my favorite flower of the summer.

spotted touch-me-not


     
     
 
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