September 15th, 2012. We drove over Patterson Gap Road from Betty’s Creek Road to Persimmon Road. Patterson Gap lies on the Tennessee Valley Divide in the Chattahoochee National Forest. The road is graveled and water erosion has produced some rough sections.
We were on the southwest side of the Tennessee Valley Divide where the environment was drier. It was here, still at the higher altitude that we found our first Impatiens pallida (Pale Touch-me-not) that we’d never encountered before.
The leaf is very similar to Impatiens capensis (Jewelweed)
Side views of the flower.
Close up of a flower
Impatiens pallida (Pale Touch-me-not) is native to the United States where its found from Maine west to Minnesota and south to Oklahoma, Arkansas, to Alabama and Georgia; it’s not been documented in Florida. In Georgia, its been documented in Towns, Union, Murray and Walker counties in North Georgia.
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Southeastern Flora: Impatiens pallida (Pale touch-me-not)
Natural and Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia: Impatiens pallida (Pale Jewelweed, Pale Touch-me-not, Yellow Jewelweed, Yellow Touch-me-not)
United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: