Impatiens balfourii Hook.f.

Balfour's Touch-me-not

Bot. Mag. 129: t.7878 (1903)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual herb to c. 1.5 m high, glabrous. Leaves alternate, elliptic-ovate to lanceolate, 4–10 cm long, 1.5–5 cm wide, mid green above, paler below; margins regularly toothed; apex acuminate; glandular-stipitate at base; petiole up to 55 mm long. Inflorescence a few-flowered raceme; peduncles up to 10 cm long. Flowers white and pink with yellow markings near mouth, 18–27 mm long; sepals 3, lateral sepals c. 2.5 mm long, lower sepal c. 25 mm long, conical, tapering to a slender, straight spur 10–15 mm long; petals 5, uppermost petal 5.5–6 mm long, united lateral petals unequal, lower petals 20–25 mm long, upper petals much smaller. Capsule broadly linear, 20–25 mm long, erect, glabrous; seeds ovoid, 2.5–3 mm long. Flowers Dec.–Apr.(–Jun.).

*HSF. Also naturalised NSW. Native to the Himalayas and Kashmir. Grown as an ornamental, occasionally escaping cultivation, forming dense localised stands in areas of disturbed bushland close to old gardens in the outer suburbs of Melbourne.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-09-22
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2020-03-03
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Ericales
family Balsaminaceae
genus Impatiens
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Impatiens balfourii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Impatiens balfourii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised