Balsaminaceae - touch-me-not family

Gerald A. Mulligan
Research Scientist and Research Institute Director (retired) and presently Honorary Research Associate, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada,
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C6, Canada

Awarded the George Lawson Medal by the Canadian Botanical Association in 2006.
Awarded the Faculty of Macdonald, McGill University, Most Distinguished Alumni Award on October 18, 2014.
Read his biography "The Real Weed Man" available in print and ebook.

Impatiens capensis Meerb., spotted jewelweed, impatiente biflore
An erect native annual, often much branched, herb that grows up to 4.5 feet (1.5 meters) high. Flowers are irregular, orange-yellow in color. Occurs in all types of moist habitats throughout our area. Its succulent, often hollow, stems will exude a mucilaginous liquid when broken. This liquid is said to be useful as a soothing remedy for the itching caused by the sap of poison-ivy, western poison-oak, and poison sumac.

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spotted jewelweed, impatiente biflore spotted jewelweed, impatiente biflore
spotted jewelweed, impatiente biflore
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