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This plant, of which one can see here a bud of a flower, is the "Indian or Himalayan Balsam", "Jewelweed" or "Policeman's helmet" (Impatiens glandulifera Royle). It was imported from the Himalaya to Europe (I dont't know about north america) as an ornamental plant. Since around 1930 it spreads out preferably in bushes near rivers or in wet forests in the lowlands. It often grows in vast populations.

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