impatiens capensis


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jewelweed

jewelweed

The antidote plant to poison ivy, rashes, itching and fungal dermatitis. Apply to skin the raw juice or concentrated boiled juice of crushed stems. (leaves and flowers work too). You can also pour the boiled goo into ice cube trays and keep in freezer for a year. Whenever you have a skin rash, rub a cube on the irritation to experience healing. They grow near poison ivy, so you can just cut a jewelweed stem and rub the juice on the rash if you get a rash, or chew the leaves and flower a bit and smear it on. Yes you can eat them too. It tastes like butternut and can be used as a topping for deserts. There are no poisonous lookalikes. Flowers are yellow orange with a loop in the bottom and red or white spots in the open end which sometimes droops downwards. Antihistamine, anti-inflammatory. Also used for eczema, insect bites, ringworm, and other skin issues. There is a pink Jewelweed version called HIMALAYAN BALSAM (Impatiens glandulifera) that is also edible, but has higher oxalate levels. Seed pods burst open with a pop at the slightest touch- quite amusing toy. Young shoots and seeds most edible parts.
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Impatiens capensis was second in IV in both seep communities, and Saururus cernuus was fifth in IV in the sunny seep (IV of 15.
Microgeographic genetic structure and morphological and life history traits in a natural population of Impatiens capensis.
Ecological Aspects of Population Structure in Impatiens capensis
Relative performance of selfed and out-crossed progeny in Impatiens capensis.
Environmental determinants of outcrossing in Impatiens capensis (Balsaminaceae).
We performed separate Analysis of Variances (ANOVAs) on the Impatiens capensis response variables of life span and total number of seeds, using the full model with fixed factors of nutrients (+/-), R.
Relative performance of selfed and outcrossed progeny in Impatiens capensis.
Population differentiation for water-use efficiency in Impatiens capensis (Balsaminaceae).
Field germination and seedling growth of CH and CL progeny of Impatiens capensis (Balsaminaceae).
Alliaria petiolata plants have demonstrated negative effects on a wide range of native understory plant species, including Impatiens capensis (McCarthy, 1997; Meekins and McCarthy, 1999; Carlson and Gorchov, 2004; Hochstedler et al.
In studies by Waller (1984, 1985) and Mitchell-Olds and Waller (1985) inbreeding depression for two measures of biomass did not vary systematically with density in Impatiens capensis.