Two new critically endangered balsams (impatiens) plant species were spotted on the peripheries of the Eravikulam National Park in Kerala. It is a major breakthrough in eco-conservation.
Impatiens plants are also called jewel weeds. They are seen in pristine forests where moisture content and relative humidity are high.
- The new species of balsams (impatiens) Impatiens Mankulamensis and Impatiens panduranganii were discovered from the shola forests on the periphery of the park and Mankulam forests.
- Impatiens panduranganii was first noticed in 2015 during a research on impatiens in the Pettimudi area. It is similar to Impatiens travancorica.
- These plants normally bear flowers in the rainy (Monsoon) season of July to October. Their flowers are white in colour with a pink border.
- They have been ncluded in the critically endangered category of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).