Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae

Balsaminaceae - Busy-Lizzie family

Launert, E. (1963) Balsaminaceae FZ 2(1)

Description of the family

Herbs, sometimes shrubby, with often succulent stems. Leaves alternate, opposite or whorled, simple. Inflorescences axillary, less often terminal or solitary. Flowers bisexual, zygomorphic. Sepals 3(5), the posterior large, petaloid and nearly always spurred, the lateral small. Petals 5, the anterior one always large, flat or helmet-shaped; the 4 lower ones usually connate in pairs, usually deeply 2-lobed. Stamens 5. Ovary superior, 5-locular. Fruit a capsule.

Worldwide: 2 genera and 850 species, Old World tropical with few temperate species.

Zimbabwe: 1 genus and 5 taxa.

Impatiens cecilii

More sample images from the Balsaminaceae (Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record)

Impatiens cecilii subsp. cecilii

Impatiens cecilii subsp. cecilii

Impatiens psychadelphoides

Impatiens psychadelphoides

Impatiens salpinx

Impatiens salpinx

Impatiens wallerana

Impatiens wallerana

Impatiens wallerana

Impatiens wallerana

Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

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Impatiens L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Balsaminaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Balsaminaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Balsaminaceae | cultivated Balsaminaceae
Flora of Zambia: Balsaminaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Balsaminaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Balsaminaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=30, retrieved 25 October 2014

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