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What Is This Wildflower?

I am visiting Maine. Alongside the trail I was hiking today, I saw large stands of this pink wildflower. It doesn’t grow where I live.

Does anyone know what it is called?

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6 thoughts on “What Is This Wildflower?”

  1. Dave says:

    Looks just like Jack-in-the-pulpit. Found mostly in the Applachians I think.

  2. James Watts says:

    Looks like some kind of orchid
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orchid

    1. Mark says:

      The flower looks like it could be an orchid, but the leaves are clearly a dicot, not a monocot (palmate veins, not parallel veins). Looks to me like it could be some kind of snapdragon, but the flowers of snapdragons are usually clustered.

      1. J Clifford says:

        It’s not a jack in the pulpit either. That’s an arum, which this is clearly not. The flower structure is all wrong.

  3. Tom says:

    A Fukushima mutation.

  4. J Clifford says:

    I’ve found the answer: It’s Impatiens glandulifera, commonly known as oriental jewelweed or himalayan balsam. It is native to the relatively lower elevations of the southern Himalayas.

    For more information, see the Invasive Plants Of New England: http://www.eddmaps.org/ipane/ipanespecies/herbs/Impatiens_glandulifera.htm

    What tipped me off was the similar flower structure, and similar habitat requirements to North American jewelweed, Impatiens capensis, a somewhat shorter plant that’s quite useful for soothing itchy skin due to insect bites and plant allergies:

    For more information about this native impatiens, see: http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=IMCA

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