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A balsam, Impatiens psittacina is a very rare impatiens species discoveredand identified to botanical world in 1901 by botanist E.D. Hooker. This plant raises only in a small part of north Thailand (near Chiang Mai),Burma, and one territory of eastern India. The species can be found in severalbotanical reference books including Plants of India. The original botanical drawings are now posted at several website on the internet. Hooker originally stumbleupon the plant in India and brought back the seed to the Royal BotanicGarden Kew in London. Those seeds did not reproduce after the first year.According to Exoticrainforest.com , you definitely can't buy this species.Thai government has elected to ban the export of seeds or plants because it extremely rare .Many people have claimed this species is a hoax and the photographs were manipulatedin PhotoShop. In fact, a gentleman who works near the Queen Sikrit Botanical gardenat Chiang Mai took the photos originally posted on the internet. Unfortunately hedidn't put his name on photos. However put the scientific name of the species,Impatiens psittacina, in the border of the original photos. Many people who havegrabbed and reposted the photos have chosen to eliminate that text .
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