|Common Names - Balsam Family||Synonyms - |
|Authority - A. Rich.||Total Number of genera - 2|
|Gymnosperm or Angiosperm? - Angiosperm||Total Number of species - 1000|
|Plant forms - Mostly herbs|
|World Distribution - Throughout temperate and tropical regions, including North America, Asia, Europe and Africa. Tropical Old World.|
|Comments - This family has 2 genera, Hydrocera and Impatiens.
The tallest Impatients grow to 7 ft. tall and are likely to be the only
species of this family to have any woody material. Of academic interest only.|