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Small Yellow Balsam

A flower of small yellow balsam, Impatiens parviflora.  I first noticed this plant growing alongside the paths under the trees in The Wilderness where it tended to have large healthy leaves but scrawny little yellow flowers:

I was finding it very difficult to identify this plant until I noticed the serrated edges of it leaves were very similar to those of Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera).  However, while Himalyayan balsam can grow to over head-height, small yellow balsam grows only up to knee- or waist-height.

Photos taken in The Wilderness, Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2010-07-30 (first and last) and 2010-08-01 (second).

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