4856.000 Impatiens L.

Fayaz, F. (2011) Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants Firefly Books, New Zealand

Description of the genus

Herbs, terrestrial, sometimes epiphytic; annuals or perennial or suffrutescent perennials; stems succulent, rarely woody below, erect or procumbent, often rooting at lower nodes, occasionally acaulous. Leaves spirally arranged, opposite or in verticils. Inflorescence racemes or fascicles or solitary flowers, axillary. Flowers with lateral sepals 2, lower sepal with spur; petals 5 the 4 lateral ones united into pairs. Fruit capsules, elastically dehiscent. Seeds many.

Worldwide: >1,000 species in tropical and sub-tropical montane regions.

Zimbabwe: 5 taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Hippotion balsaminae (Balsam striped hawk) Food plant
Hippotion celerio (Silver-striped hawk, Vine hawk) Food plant
Hippotion osiris (Large striped hawk) Food plant
Impatiens cecilii subsp. cecilii

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
cecilii N.E.Br. subsp. cecilii EDescription, Image
psychadelphoides LaunertEDescription, Image
salpinx Schulze & Launert[NrEnd][LR-nt]EDescription, Image
sylvicola Burtt DavyEDescription, Image
wallerana Hook. f.EDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Impatiens:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Impatiens
Flora of Mozambique: Impatiens
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Impatiens
Flora of Zambia: Impatiens

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Impatiens
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Impatiens
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Impatiens
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Impatiens
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Impatiens

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Impatiens.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=917, retrieved 6 December 2016

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