Impatiens cecilii N.E.Br.
subsp. cecilii

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Impatiens cecilii subsp. cecilii

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Castle Beacon, Vumba

Impatiens cecilii subsp. cecilii

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Castleburn Forest, Vumba

Impatiens cecilii subsp. cecilii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Tessa's Pool, Chimanimani

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Common names: Forest busy-lizzy (English)
Frequency: Common in suitable habitats.
Status: Native
Very variable perennial herb but often a rather weak and delicate plant, 30-60 cm tall. Leaves spirally arranged, up to 10 × 4 cm, ovate, lanceolate or elliptic, hairles or sparsely pubescent on both surfaces. Flowers in few-flowered axillary clusters, up to c. 20 × 20 mm, pale to deep pink or mauve. Dorsal petal often forming as more or less distinct hood, acutely pointed at the apex; upper lateral petal up to 7 × 3 mm, ovate-triangular with an apical filiform point, often facing forward; lower lateral petal up to 16 × 12 mm usually with a slight emargination on the inner margin; spur on the posterior sepal filiform, 12-24 mm long, incurved. See I. psychadelphoides for comparison.
Notes: Generally occurs as single plants in the shade. See Impatiens sylvicola and Impatiens psychadelphoides for comparison.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In evergreen forest on the forest floor and among rocks near streams and waterfalls.
Altitude range: (metres) 700 - 1900 m
Flowering time:Almost all year
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique and Eastern Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Thursday 17 March 2016

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 33.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 36.

Grey-Wilson, C. (1980). Impatiens of Africa A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Pages 135 - 137. (Includes a picture).

Launert, E. (1963). Balsaminaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 175 - 176.

Launert, E. & Gonçalves, M.L. (1969). 36. Balsaminaceae Flora de Moçambique Junta de Investigaçoes de Ultramar, Centro de Botanica Pages 12 - 15.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 29.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 35.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 90.

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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: Species information: Impatiens cecilii subsp. cecilii., retrieved 21 July 2024

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