SN1137 : Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera)

taken 10 years ago, near to Crosswell, Pembrokeshire/Sir Benfro, Great Britain

Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera)
Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera)
A large succulent annual introduced in 1839 to Kew Gardens as a greenhouse plant, it escaped to the wild and is now naturalised. It is very invasive and should be removed when found. It grows up to 2 metres high and prefers moist areas, usually along river banks, as here, but it colonises many other areas. Dense stands suffocate other plants so when it dies away in the winter, river banks are left bare and more liable to erosion. Its seeds are dispersed expulsively up to 2 metres away and are readily carried by water to start to new colonies.
In itself it is a beautiful plant, described by the poet Ann Stevenson thus:
"Orchid-lipped, loose-jointed, purplish, indolent flowers, with a ripe smell of peaches, like a girl's breath through lipstick."
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 18 July, 2007   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 18 July, 2007
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Plantlife   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SN 113 373 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:0.1253N 4:44.9900W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SN 113 373
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