Jewelweed found streamside in Racine
September 24, 2006
Look carefully. You might find an ant immortalized in this picture of an orange species of Impatiens called "Impatiens capensis" or more commonly known as "Jewelweed". You can find it streamside at the railroad bridge near Racine. It also may be found abundantly in streams near Joplin. The seed pods of this plant give a little "pop" when touched, causing the seeds to fly about. A sticky fluid in the stem of each plant is supposed to remedy skin irritations caused by other plants like the "Stinging Nettles" that may be lurking nearby. By the way, the cultivated Impatiens found in many gardens is from the same genus. (Photo by Stephen Timme)

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