Jewelweed flowers and "fruit"

Jewelweed is a species of the plant genus, Impatiens. The following gallery features several close-up photos of Jewelweed flowers and “fruit” (seed pods) spotted during a photowalk through the “Wildlife Sanctuary,” one of seven small parks owned and maintained by the Community Association of Hollin Hills, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

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Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) is also commonly known as “Touch-me-not.” “The seed pods are pendant and have projectile seeds that explode out of the pods when they are lightly touched, if ripe, which is where the name ‘touch-me-not’ comes from.” Source Credit: “Impatiens capensis” (Wikipedia). Photo 2 of 4 is a copy of Photo 3, kindly annotated by Project Noah spotter “AshleyBradford” in order to highlight the flower buds and seed pods; Photo 3 of 4 is the original photograph. Ashley’s comment on my initial Project Noah spotting of Jewelweed piqued my curiosity about the meaning of “Touch-me-not,” which led to further discussion and a follow-up spotting. I’m eager to revisit the site to see what happens when the seed pods are touched! More later in a follow-up post. In the meantime, check out a video clip showing what happens when you touch a “Touch-me-not” (Impatiens glandulifera).

Habitat: The plant covered a broad area in a clearing of a deciduous forest, between two forks of an intermittent stream running through the park, as shown in the following photo gallery.

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