impatiens capensis

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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.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz
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selfed and outcrossed progeny in Impatiens capensis. Evolution 39:
Ecological Aspects of Population Structure in Impatiens capensis
Relative performance of selfed and out-crossed progeny in Impatiens capensis. Evolution 39:533-543.
Microgeographic genetic structure and morphological and life history traits in a natural population of Impatiens capensis. Evolution 45(1):178-189.
In Impatiens capensis, female-phase flowers produce
Infection by rust (Puccinia recondita) had a deleterious effect on growth in Impatiens capensis under the high-density conditions of our unmanipulated control plots.
ficaria and planted them back in place (at their natural density) while transplanting Impatiens capensis seedlings.
Differences in fitness between seedlings derived from cleistogamous and chamogamous flowers in Impatiens capensis. Evolution 38:427-440.
The effect of distance from the parental site on offspring performance and inbreeding depression in Impatiens capensis: a test of the local adapatation hypothesis.
Population differentiation at the hormonal level in response to drought in Impatiens capensis (Balsaminaceae).
For example, Mitchell-Olds (Mitchell-Olds 1986; Mitchell-Olds and Bergelson 1990a) used sophisticated random mating breeding designs and statistical techniques to estimate narrow- and broad-sense heritabilities and genetic correlations in two populations of the cleistogamous annual, Impatiens capensis. These analyses revealed that one population lacked significant additive genetic variation for life history traits and that, while the other population had significant narrow-sense heritabilities, genetic correlations between fitness components were all positive.