Impatiens noli-tangere

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Touch-me-not Balsam
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Balsaminaceae
Genus: Impatiens
I. noli-tangere
Binomial name
Impatiens noli-tangere
  • Balsamina lutea Delarbre
  • Balsamina noli-tangere (L.) Scop.
  • Impatiens komarovii Pobed.
  • Impatiens lutea Lam. nom. illeg.

Impatiens noli-tangere (touch-me-not balsam; Latin impatiēns "impatient" or "not allowing", and nōlī tangere "do not touch": literally "be unwilling to touch") is an annual herbaceous plant in the family Balsaminaceae found in damp places in Europe, Asia and North America. The yellow flowers are followed by pods which forcefully explode when ripe, ejecting the seeds for some distance.

It is also called touch-me-not, yellow balsam, jewelweed, western touch-me-not or wild balsam.


  1. ^ The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species, retrieved 3 June 2016

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