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Impatiens aurella
varied jewelweed

Distribution: Extreme southeast Washington and northern Idaho to southeast British Columbia and western Montana.

Habitat: Moist woods.

Flowers: July - September

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Succulent annual, the stems 2-6 cm. tall.


Leaves all alternate, the petioles stout, 2-4 cm. long, the blades lance-ovate, 3-10 cm. long, remotely serrate.


Flowers in twos, 10-15 mm. long, yellow or orange, unspotted; saccate sepal 1-2 cm. long, about half as broad at the orifice, narrowed to the strongly recurved, 5-8 mm. spur; lateral sepals smaller; petals 5, the upper one notched at the tip, the lateral ones much smaller, in unequal pairs.


Capsule 5-celled.

Accepted Name:
Impatiens aurella Rydb.
Publication: Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club 28: 34. 1901.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Impatiens aurella Rydb. f. badia H. St. John
Impatiens aurella Rydb. f. coccinea H. St. John
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Impatiens aurella in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Impatiens aurella checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Impatiens aurella atlas page.

CalPhotos: Impatiens aurella photos.

USDA Plants: Impatiens aurella information.

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