Impatiens pallida (Pale Touch-me-not)
|Also known as:||Yellow Jewelweed, Yellow Touch-me-not|
|Habitat:||part shade, shade; along shores, moist open woods|
|Bloom season:||July - September|
|Plant height:||2 to 6 feet|
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Groups of 1 to 3 flowers are in racemes on branching stems in the upper part of the plant. Flowers are tube or funnel shaped, 1 to 1½ inches long and nearly as wide as long, with a narrow spur at the back that bends down. Nectar is stored in the spur. There are 2 round broad lower lobes and a much smaller upper lobe. Color is yellow with reddish spots, especially near the base of the lower lobes, but the spots are sometimes absent.
Leaves and stem:
Leaves are up to 5 inches long and 3 inches wide, hairless, toothed, generally oval to egg-shaped, on stems up to about 2 inches long. Attachment is alternate. The main stem is hairless and light green; it may be translucent.
Notes:Pale Touch-me-not is very similar to Spotted Touch-me-not, but is generally a larger plant. It has larger leaves that are more finely toothed, and larger flowers with a shorter spur at the back.
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Photos taken at Vadnais/Snail Lake Regional Park, Shoreview, MN, September 2009
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