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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania (Nguru Mountains).

[FTEA]

Balsaminaceae, C. Grey-Wilson. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1993

Morphology General Habit
Sparingly branched perennial herb to 1.5 m. tall; stems finely rusty-pubescent when young, becoming subglabrescent below.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves spirally arranged; petiole (0.3–)0.8–6.5 cm. long, slender, finely pubescent; lamina lanceolate-elliptic to elliptic, 3.5–17.3 cm. long, 1.4–5.4 cm. broad, the apex gradually acuminate, acute, the base cuneate, finely pubescent above and beneath; lateral veins 9–14 pairs; margin serrate, the lowest teeth linear where the lamina merges into the petiole and usually ± 1–1.5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a 5–9(–many)-flowered axillary subumbellate raceme; flowers rose-pink.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncle (18–)22–40 mm. long, slender, finely pubescent, ± erect.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts linear-subulate, 2–3 mm. long, acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels 11–16 mm. long, finely pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Lower sepal shallowly and obliquely navicular, 5–8 mm. long, 2.5–3 mm. deep, abruptly constricted into a 13–32 mm. long curved filiform spur, finely pubescent throughout. Lateral sepals 2, narrowly triangular-lanceolate, 2–4 mm. long, acute, finely pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Dorsal petal obcordate, 6–9 mm. long, 8–10 mm. broad, dorsally with a narrow crest, pubescent in the centre and along the crest. Lateral united petals 10–13 mm. long, with petals subequal in size and shape; upper petal narrow-obcordate or oval-oblanceolate, 9–10 mm. long, 4–5 mm. broad, entire or emarginate; lower petal narrowly obcordate or ± wedge-shaped, 8–11 mm. long, 4–5.5 mm. broad, entire or emarginate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit narrowly fusiform, ± 8 mm. long, 1.5 mm. broad, glabrous.

Native to:

Tanzania

Impatiens messumbaensis G.M.Schulze appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 73: 464 (1944)

Accepted by

  • Grey-Wilson, C. (1982). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Balsaminaceae: 1-76.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Grey-Wilson, C. (1982). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Balsaminaceae: 1-76.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Grey-Wilson in Impat. Afr.: 87, fig. 28 (1980).
  • G.M. Schulze in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 73: 464 (1944).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0