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.

Mozambique: 12 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Hippotion balsaminae (Balsam striped hawk)
Hippotion celerio (Silver-striped hawk, Vine hawk)
Hippotion osiris (Large striped hawk)
Impatiens oreocallis

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

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
assurgens BakerNDescription, Image
balsamina L.N
cecilii N.E.Br. subsp. cecilii MSDescription, Image
gomphophylla BakerNDescription, Image
irvingii Hook. f.NDescription, Image
oreocallis LaunertN,ZDescription, Image
psychadelphoides Launert[NrEnd]Z,MSDescription, Image
salpinx Schulze & Launert[NrEnd][LR-nt]MSDescription, Image
sylvicola Burtt DavyMSDescription, Image
wallerana Hook. f.Z,MSDescription, Image
wuerstenii S.B. Janssens & Dessein[End][VU]MSDescription, Image
zombensis BakerZImage

Other sources of information about Impatiens:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Impatiens
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Impatiens
Flora of Zambia: Impatiens
Flora of Zimbabwe: Impatiens
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated 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
Wikipedia: Impatiens
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Impatiens
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Impatiens

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Impatiens.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=917, retrieved 22 March 2023

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