Species of the Month: September 2014


Himalayan Balsam: Impatiens glandulifera


An Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS), Himalayan (or Indian) Balsam is a bit of trouble maker once it gets out into the wild. A prolific spreader with "exploding" seed heads, Himalayan balsam quickly out competes native plant species and causes secondary problems such as erosion. At this time of year, the tall pink flowered plants are easy to spot, and therefore easy to record. Knowing the location of INNS makes it a lot easier to monitor spread, and target control methods where required. More information on the ecology of Impatiens glandulifera is available from the GB Non-Native Species Secretariat.

If you spot this species during September (or at any other time of year) please send us the record, ideally via SEWBReCORD. Instructions on how to submit records are available here.