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Impatiens glandulifera
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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Balsaminaceae

The Balsaminaceae (commonly known as the balsam family) are a family of dicotyledonous plants, comprising two genera: Impatiens, which consists of over 1000 species, and Hydrocera, consisting of 1 species.[2] The flowering plants may be annual or perennial. They are found throughout temperate and tropical regions, primarily in Asia and Africa, but also North America and Europe.[2]

Notable members of the family include jewelweed and busy Lizzie.



  1. ^ Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (2009). "An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG III". Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 161 (2): 105–121. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8339.2009.00996.x. hdl:10654/18083.
  2. ^ a b Janssens, SB; Smets, EF; Vrijdaghs, A (2012). "Annals of Botany: Floral development of Hydrocera and Impatiens". Ann Bot. 109 (7): 1285–96. doi:10.1093/aob/mcs065. PMC 3359920. PMID 22499855.

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