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Touch-Me-Not (Spotted Jewelweed) (Impatiens capensis)

Touch-me-nots are bushy succulent plants. They have orange spotted blossoms which hang like pendant jewels, little flower capsules, squid like with spurs coming away from the back; they hang from their threadlike stems which are fixed at their centres. The flowers produce a pod like seed from which they take their name. Pick the full and mature seed pod carefully holding it by its stem, drop into a waiting hand and ask your friend to hold it loosely in his or her clenched fist: watch the facial expression as the seed pod, seemingly spring loaded, pops its contents: nature has made it sensitive to heat. Touch-me-nots come into bloom during midsummer in places where it is damp and shady. "Its stem sap has fungicidal properties which have been used to treat athlete's foot and relieve the itching from poison-ivy rash." (Davies.)

Touch-Me-Not

Touch-Me-Not

Touch-Me-Not
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Peter Landry

(2011)