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Garden Balsam

Scientific name of Garden Balsam: Impatiens balsamina Linn

Name of Garden Balsam in different languages:

English: Garden Jewelweed, Rose Balsam

Hindi: Gulmendi

Malayalam: Kashithumpa കാശിത്തുമ്പ

Plant description:

Garden Balsam is an annual herb, growing to 20 to 80 cm tall, with a thick, watery soft stem. Leaves are spirally arranged and with toothed margin, sized 2.5 to 10 cm long and 1 to 2.5 cm wide. The flowers are various in colors with white, pink, lilac, red, and sized 2 to 5 cm in diameter. The ripe seed pod, light green contain mustard like black seeds. When ripe fruits explode and dispersed seeds to germinate.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Parallel Margin-Entire Venation-Reticulated
 Linear-parellel-marginn-elongated  Margin_Entire  Recticulate


Useful plant parts:

Whole plant.

Medicinal uses of Garden Balsam:

Used to treat skin disorders, pita, treat wounds, constipation and burns, leaf juice is used to treat warts, snake bite etc.

Chemical content:

Hennotannic acid, and Lawsone methyl ether

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