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Any of several plants of the genus Impatiens having yellowish spurred flowers and five-valved seedpods that burst if touched when ripe. Also called touch-me-not.
[Perhaps from the fact that dew and rainwater collect in jewellike beads on their water-repellent leaves.]
(Botany) botany any plant of the genus Impatiens
any of several plants belonging to the genus Impatiens, of the balsam family, having yellow spurred flowers and a seedpod that bursts to the touch when ripe.
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|Noun||1.||jewelweed - North American annual plant with usually yellow or orange flowers; grows chiefly on wet rather acid soil|
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Impatiens - annual or perennial herbs with stems more or less succulent; cosmopolitan except for South America, Australia, and New Zealand