noun, plural impatiens.
any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Impatiens,
of the balsam family, having irregular flowers in which
the calyx and corolla are not clearly distinguishable and bearing fruit that bursts open to scatter the seeds.
< Neo-Latin, Latin impatiēns
not enduring, not tolerating (see impatient
); alluding to the plant's quick release of seeds upon slight contact; compare the familiar name touch-me-not