The checklist of Impatiens Riv. ex L. (Balsaminaceae) in Nilgiri and Palani Hills of southern Western Ghats (India)


  • S Jeevith Research Biologist
  • Ravi Kiran Arigela
  • Rajeev Kumar Singh
  • K Althaf Ahamed Kabeer
  • C Rajasekar
  • C Kunhikannan



Balsams, Endemic, Grasslands, Shola forests, Western Ghats


A comprehensive checklist of the genus Impatiens Riv. ex L. (Balsaminaceae) in Nilgiri and Palani of southern
Western Ghats, India is presented. After thorough field explorations in these areas from 2012 to 2020 in different seasons, 38 species of Impatiens are recorded, in which 6 species are endemic to Western Ghats and
26 species are endemic to southern Western Ghats of India. Horticultural potential of 18 endemic species
of balsam is also discussed.


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Author Biographies

S Jeevith, Research Biologist

Division of Forest Ecology and Climate Change, Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree breeding, Coimbatore - 641 002, Tamil Nadu, India

Ravi Kiran Arigela

Botanical Survey of India, Deccan Regional Centre, Rooms 228–238, Kendriya Sadan, Sultan Bazar, Hyderabad – 500 095, Telangana, India.

Rajeev Kumar Singh

Industrial Section and Indian Museum, Botanical Survey of India, 1, Sudder Street, Kolkata– 700 016, West Bengal, India.

K Althaf Ahamed Kabeer

Central Botanical Laboratory, Botanical Survey of India, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden, Howrah – 711 103, West Bengal, India.

C Rajasekar

Department of Botany, Alagappa University, Karaikudi – 630 003, Tamil Nadu, India.

C Kunhikannan

Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree breeding, Coimbatore - 641 002, Tamil Nadu, India.


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How to Cite

S Jeevith, Arigela, R. K., Rajeev Kumar Singh, K Althaf Ahamed Kabeer, C Rajasekar, & C Kunhikannan. (2022). The checklist of Impatiens Riv. ex L. (Balsaminaceae) in Nilgiri and Palani Hills of southern Western Ghats (India). Annales Universitatis Paedagogicae Cracoviensis Studia Naturae, 7, 9–22.



Botany and Algology, Mycology