Impatiens pallida pale jewelweed Balsaminaceae IMPA; Bx, br, pb, vc;

   

Impatiens pallida..Pieter B. Pelser.www.phytoimages.siu.edu

Impatiens pallida..Pieter B. Pelser.www.phytoimages.siu.edu (Accessed 4/2014).

Impatiens pallida is an annual herb to 1.5 m, much like I. capensis but mostly larger and much less common, stem branched, nodes swollen, juicy, rather translucent, waxy-pale green, internodes hollow. 

Leaves alternate, to 10 cm long, soft, toothed, waxy-pale below. 

Flowers pale yellow, sparsely dotted with reddish brown, conical, bilaterally symmetrical (as in Icapenisis), to 4 cm long, sepal spur 0.4-0.6 cm long; blooms June-Sept. 

Fruit a capsule, twisting open explosively when touched, dispersing seeds locally; seeds also dispersed to distant sites by water. 

Wetland status: FACW. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Open or part shade in wet soil, swamp forests, edges; soil pH 6.8-7.4 (USDA, NRCS 2006).