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.

Caprivi: 16 cultivated 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 irvingii

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

SpeciesContent
apiculata De Wild.
assurgens BakerDescription, Image
bequaertii De Wild.
briartii De Wild. & T. Durand
burtonii Hook.f.
bururiensis Grey-Wilson
erecticornis R.Wilczek & G.M.Schulze
gesneroidea Gilg
irvingii Hook. f.Description, Image
keilii Gilg
kivuensis Eb.Fisch., Abrah., Holstein & S.B.Jansse
mildbraedii Gilg
niamniamensis Gilg
purpureoviolacea Gilg
runssorensis Warb.
stuhlmannii Warb.

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
Flora of Zimbabwe: Impatiens
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated 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, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Caprivi: Cultivated plants: genus page: Impatiens.
https://www.capriviflora.com/cult/genus.php?genus_id=917, retrieved 22 June 2024

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