Pale Jewelweed or Pale Touch-Me-Not,  Impatiens pallida
Balsaminaceae or Jewelweed Family

Bushy plant, 2-5 feet tall, with egg shaped, coarsely toothed leaves.  Flowers yellow, lightly spotted with orange.  They are irregularly shaped, with a two-petaled landing pad for bees in the front and an awning above.  At the back is a short spur that curves to point downward.  Fruit is a plump pod that, when ripe, explodes when touched.

Charming native of moist shady places, mostly in limestone regions.  In the Park, almost anywhere shady where the soil is moist enough.

Spotted jewelweed (I. capensis) has orange, strongly spotted flowers.

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