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Impatiens sulcata is an annual plant that can grow up to 1.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Regular ingestion of large quantities of these plants can be dangerous due to their high mineral content[
]. This report, which seems nonsensical, might refer to calcium oxalate. This mineral is found in I. capensis and so is probably also in other members of the genus. It can be harmful raw but is destroyed by thoroughly cooking or drying the plant[
]. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones and hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet[
E. Asia - Himalayas - Kashmir to Bhutan.
] in forests, shrubberies and cultivated areas, 1800 - 4000 metres[
]. Understories of Picea forests, along canals, shaded moist places; 3000 - 4000 metres in Tibet[
Succeeds in any reasonably good soil[
]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Prefers a moist well-drained humus rich soil in a cool site[
This plant has seed capsules that spring open forcibly as the seed ripens to eject the seed a considerable distance. The capsules are sensitive to touch even before the seed is ripe, making seed collection difficult but fun[
]. No more details are given, but some caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.
Seed - raw[
]. No more details are given, but the seeds are difficult to harvest in quantity. This is mainly because of their exploding seed capsules which scatter the ripe seed at the slightest touch[
An edible oil is obtained from the seed[
Ripe fruits - raw[
]. A confusing report, the plant produces a capsule surrounding the seeds[
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.