E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Impatiens aurella Rydb.
orange touch-me-not (pale yellow jewelweed; paleyellow touch-me-not)
Balsaminaceae (Touch-me-not family)

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Orange touch-me-not is an annual native species of moist streambanks and meadows. Flowers are orange and unspotted with spurs and appear in the summer..

Species Information

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Annual succulent herb; stems erect to ascending, often branched, glabrous, 0.5-1.0 m tall.
Alternate, egg-shaped to elliptic, coarsely saw-toothed, 2-8 cm long.
One to several in the leaf axils, orange, unspotted, mostly 1.0-1.5 cm long; sepals pouched with spur curved or deflexed forward.
Capsules, elastically dehiscent, 1-2 cm long; many-seeded.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist streambanks and meadows in the steppe or lower montane zones; rare in S BC east of the Coast-Cascade Mountains S of 55degreeN; S to ID and MT.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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