4856.000 Impatiens L.

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

Description of the genus

Herbs, terrestrial, sometimes epiphytic; annuals, perennials or suffrutescent perennials; stems succulent, rarely woody below, erect or procumbent, often rooting at lower nodes, occasionally acaulescent. Leaves spirally arranged, opposite or in verticils. Inflorescence of 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 a capsule, elastically dehiscent. Seeds many.

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

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

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
No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species

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

niamniamensis Gilg

Other sources of information about Impatiens:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Impatiens
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Impatiens
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Impatiens
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Impatiens
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Impatiens
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Impatiens
JSTOR Plant Science: Impatiens
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Impatiens
Plants of the World Online: Impatiens
Tropicos: Impatiens
Wikipedia: Impatiens

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Impatiens.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=917, retrieved 27 February 2024

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