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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Balsaminaceae
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The Balsaminaceae (commonly known as the balsam family) are a family of dicotyledonous plants, comprising two genera: Impatiens , which consists of 1000+ species, and Hydrocera , consisting of 1 species. [2] The flowering plants may be annual or perennial. They are found throughout temperate and tropical regions, primarily in Asia and Africa, but also North America and Europe. [2]


Notable members of the family include jewelweed and busy Lizzie.


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  1. Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (2009). "An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG III". Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 161 (2): 105–121. doi: 10.1111/j.1095-8339.2009.00996.x .
  2. 1 2 Janssens, SB; Smets, EF; Vrijdaghs, A (2012). "Annals of Botany: Floral development of Hydrocera and Impatiens". Ann Bot. 109 (7): 1285–96. doi:10.1093/aob/mcs065. PMC   3359920 . PMID   22499855.

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