(Orange Jewelweed - Orange Touch Me Not - Spotted Touch Me Not)
Balsaminaceae (Touch-Me-Not) Family
Both petals and sepals are orange to red and usually spotted; five stamens. Flowers occur in late summer and early autumn.
Fruit (seed) is a capsule which snaps open at maturity upon the slightest touch, dispersing the seeds.
The name Jewel Weed comes from the shiny, silvery appearance of the leaf when placed under water. The flower is well adapted to hummingbird visitation; but bees and butterflies are also important pollinators. The stem juice is said to relieve itching from poison ivy and has been used to treat athlete's foot. Much scientific data has confirmed its fungicidal qualities.