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Exploding Seed Pods

Observed: 21st October 2012 By: John PilkingtonJohn Pilkington’s reputation in PlantsJohn Pilkington’s reputation in PlantsJohn Pilkington’s reputation in PlantsJohn Pilkington’s reputation in PlantsJohn Pilkington’s reputation in Plants
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Description:

Seed pods seen on Indian Balsam plants; pod "exploded" when touched at the end where the stem joins it, throwing seeds about 60-100cm, leaving pod casing wound like a spring.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Indian Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) interacts

Comments

Mark at Magdalen's picture

Exploding seed capsules (explosive dehiscence)

Hence the scientific name Impatiens (Latin for "impatient") and the common name of "touch-me-not" for other species in this genus.

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Impatiens

Mark - many thanks - interesting feedback - great to know more about specimens than just their names - John

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This species is an invasive

This species is an invasive nightmare in Dorset!

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Invasive

Regrettably, it is here too. In our local area there are "oceans" of the stuff all around the Park, within which these plants were found. Although local conservation groups try, it is getting a foothold in the park too.