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Two endangered plant species spotted
Mar 06, 2017

In news:

Eco-conservation, forest officials in Munnar have spotted two critically endangered impatiens plant species on the peripheries of the Eravikulam National Park.

Location:

  • They are seen in pristine forests where moisture content and relative humidity are high. The Eravikulam National Park and the Mankulam forest division are surrounded by sholas. 
  • Two new species of balsams (impatiens) have been discovered by the officials from the shola forests on the periphery of the park and Mankulam with the help of scientists.

One of the new plants, Impatiens panduranganii , was first noticed in 2015

Impatient:

  • Impatiens (Balsams) are also called jewel weeds or touch-me-not.
  • They are seen in pristine forests where moisture content and relative humidity are high.
  • Balsams grow both in and out of direct sunlight.
  • They prefer moist, rich soils, like fens, river banks, forest edges and roadside ditches.
 

 


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