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Common Name : Rosemary Leaved Balsam     -       Scientific Name : Impatiens oppositifolia (Balsaminaceae)       -       Other Name : Opposite –leaved Balsam, Magenta Balsam
Sudu Muwa Wala
01/15/2015
Sudu Muwa Wala
01/15/2015
Sudu Muwa Wala
01/15/2015

The Rosemary Leaved Balsam is only found in Sri Lanka and the Western Ghats in India.

The conservation status of this species is regarded as “Near Threatened” (National Red List 2012).

This is a species protected under schedule VIII read with section 42 of the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance as amended by Act No. 22 of 2009.

I have seen this species in moist sandy locations in the lowlands up to mid hills. They are often found growing among grass after the rains in shady places. The leaves of this plant are arranged opposite to each other resulting in it being referred to as Opposite-leaved balsam in India.

In Wilpattu I have observed flowers of this species in December and January at many locations.