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Impatiens

Observed: 2nd September 2012 By: Beagle
Friends of Childwall Woods and FieldsMerseyside BioBankThe Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and
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Impatiens
Impatiens
Description:

Distinctive invasive annual with reddish stems and unique flowers found alongside paths and damp woodland clearing.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Indian Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) interacts

Comments

GrizzledBadger's picture

Popular with Bumbles also

Popular with Bumbles also Hive bees, where there are sufficient amounts a pale & unique flavoured honey can be gathered.

Brock

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South Gloucestershire 'Big Pull' campaign

I'm glad to hear it can be useful. Around these parts the local authority has been trying to stir up the population of South Gloucestershire into a Mao-style 'Big Pull' campaign against this species. I'm afraid I'd put my money on the balsam.

See http://www.southglos.gov.uk/Environment/CountrysideandNature/thebigpull.htm

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Pollination

Apparently Bees that enter the flower emerge with the pollen on their backs which looks like a form of bee-fungus! Regards

Hugh