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Pale Touch-me-not, Pale Snapweed - Impatiens pallida


Family: Balsaminaceae - Touch-me-not family Genus Common Name: Touch-me-not Native Status: Native
Impatiens pallida - Pale Touch-me-not, Pale Snapweed. Of the 10 Impatiens species found wild in the United States, 5 are native. This species, I. pallida is one of those natives, and it is found in 33 of our states. It is protected as a plant of Special Concern in Maine.

Pale Touch-me-not grows to 5 feet tall in moist areas, usually in dense colonies.

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Impatiens pallida

Distribution of Impatiens pallida in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 21 Oct 2017). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: Haywood County, NC Date: 2010-July-12Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson
Pale Touch-me-not has a yellow blossom with a single petal as a hood, and two lateral petals with reddish-brown spots. It hangs from a slender pedicel that is around 2 inches long.
Impatiens pallida

Site: Haywood County, NC Date: 2010-July-12Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
The reddish-brown-spotted yellow sepal of Impatiens pallida is sac-shaped and narrows to a spur which turns down at a 90-degree angle. Compare this with the 180-degree turn of the spur on Impatiens capensis.
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Impatiens pallida

Site: Haywood County, NC Date: 2010-July-12Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
Impatiens pallida has alternating leaves which are ovate and serrated. The blossoms hang from the leaf axils on long pedicels.
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Impatiens pallida

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