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Balsams

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

Source: TH

 Context: In Munnar, a popular tourist destination in India, balsams (genus Impatiens) are currently in full bloom, providing a delightful visual spectacle.

  • Balsams are sometimes referred to as ‘touch-me-not’ due to their tendency to burst and distribute mature seeds upon touch.
  • Balsams are considered significant indicator species for climate change, reflecting alterations in plant populations when climate change occurs.

Idukki district, where Munnar is located, is renowned for its diverse range of balsams, earning it the nickname of a “balsam paradise” among scientists. The high-altitude areas surrounding Anamudi, the highest mountain in the Western Ghats, are particularly known for their rich diversity of wild balsams.