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Impatiens uncinata

17th April, 2024 Environment

Impatiens uncinata

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  • Researchers have identified a new species of garden balsam in Kerala, naming it Impatiens neo-uncinata.

About Impatiens neo-uncinata

  • It is a new species of Impatiens (family Balsaminaceae).
  • It has been discovered in the Western Ghats and has now been identified as a rare, wild cousin of the popular garden balsam.
  • It has been reported only from a single locality at an elevation ranging from 1,000 to 1,250 m, and that too in very few numbers.
  • It bears morphological resemblances to Impatiens uncinata but it differs in the size of the flowers, basal and distal lobes, the dorsal petal, and pollen.
  • It is a herb that grows up to 20 cm in height. It grows in open areas of evergreen forests, particularly wetlands.
  • In India, it is mostly found in the Himalayan and the northeastern regions. The southern arm of the Western Ghats stands second in its availability.

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/a-serendipitous-discovery-that-led-to-identification-of-a-new-species-of-garden-balsam-in-kerala/article68061499.ece


Which of the following statements about Impatiens neo-uncinata, a newly discovered species, are correct?

  1. It belongs to the family Balsaminaceae and is a new species of Impatiens.
  2. It is predominantly found in the Himalayan and northeastern regions of India.
  3. Impatiens neo-uncinata shares morphological similarities with Impatiens uncinata but differs in certain characteristics.
  4. It is commonly found in dense forests at elevations ranging from 1,000 to 1,250 meters.
  5. The southern arm of the Western Ghats is the primary habitat for Impatiens neo-uncinata in India.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1, 2, and 3

b) 2, 3, and 4

c) 1, 3, and 5

d) 1, 4, and 5

Correct answer: a)