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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & S. Africa.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Erect to procumbent annual or perennial; stems 20–50(–75) cm. long, often rooting at the lower nodes, glabrous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves spirally arranged, generally with a slender petiole (1–)1.5–5(–6.3) cm. long; lamina ovate to ovate-lanceolate, to broadly elliptical or elliptic-oblanceolate, 2.8–9(–10) cm. long, 1–4(–5.2) cm. broad, often membranous, the apex subacute, acuminate or cuspidate, the tip 4–15 mm. long, 2–5 mm. broad, the base cuneate, sparsely pubescent or glabrous on both surfaces; lateral veins 4–9 pairs; margin crenate or crenate-dentate or ± crenulate, usually with a few 1–2 mm. long fimbriae towards the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers axillary, solitary or in fascicles of 2–3(–4), sometimes on a reduced ± 1–3 mm. long peduncle, whitish, pale pink or pale mauve, often with a small white or pale yellow dot towards the base of the lateral united petals.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts subulate, 1–2 mm. long, inconspicuous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels 0.8–4.2 cm. long, slender, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Lateral sepals ovate-lanceolate, 1.5–4 mm. long, acute, glabrous. Lower sepal shallowly navicular, 5–8 mm. long, abruptly constricted into a (10–) 16–34 mm. long curved filiform spur, often slightly thickened at the tip.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Dorsal petal 6–7 mm. long, 6–7 mm. broad (when flattened), shallowly cucullate, dorsally with a narrow crest. Lateral united petals 8–19 mm. long; upper petal narrowly oblong to obovate, 2–6 mm. long, 1.5–5 mm. broad, sometimes ± obsolete, entire or emarginate; lower petal broadly elliptic, oblong or suborbicular, 4.5–11 (–12) mm. long, 6–8 mm. broad, distally and along the inner margin prolonged into a 3–8 × 1–3 mm. ligulate appendage, obtuse or subacute at the tip.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit fusiform, 11–13 mm. long, 3–4 mm. broad, glabrous.

[FZ]

Balsaminaceae, E. Launert. Flora Zambesiaca 2:1. 1963

Morphology General Habit
Erect or straggling perennial (always?) herb; stems 20–60 (75) cm. high, usually glabrous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves spirally arranged, petiolate; lamina (3) 4–8·5 (11) × (2) 2·5–4 (5) cm., ovate-lanceolate to narrowly elliptic or elliptic-lanceolate, membranous, sparsely pilose on both surfaces or glabrous; secondary nerves 8 (10) pairs, some what prominent beneath, apex subacute or rarely obtuse, usually acuminate, margin crenulate-denticulate (the teeth usually in the sinuses), base cuneate; petiole (1) 1·5–4 (5) cm. long, rather slender, pilose or glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers axillary, solitary or in few-flowered clusters, usually very pale pink, white on the back with two spots at the base of the posterior sepal; bracts very small, lanceolate-triangular or subulate, acute; pedicels 2–3·5 (4·5) cm. long, very slender, usually glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Lateral sepals 2–3 (4) × 0·75–1·5 (1·75) mm., lanceolate to triangular, acute, usually glabrous; posterior sepal (4) 5–6 (7) mm. long, shallowly navicular, abruptly constricted into the spur, distally subcaudate, glabrous or very sparsely pilose; spur (8) 10–18 (25) mm. long, slightly incurved, rather slender, subconical, tapering into a subacute or sometimes slightly thickened end, usually glabrous, rarely sparsely pilose.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Anterior petal 5–7·5 mm. high, 4·5–8 mm. broad when flattened, with a distinct dorsal crest, apically apiculate; lateral united petals 10–17 mm. long, 2-lobed but the lobes very dissimilar in shape and size; anterior lobe variable in shape and size, 8–13 mm. long (at the base) and 6–10 mm. high, broadly transverse-elliptic, broadly obovate to subcircular, distally prolonged at the very base into a ligulate appendage 2–7 × 1–2 (3) mm.; posterior lobe reduced to a small auricle not exceeding 2 × 2 mm. (see t. 26 fig. 19).
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary glabrous or rarely scattered-hispid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 6–13 mm. long, fusiform, glabrous or scattered-hispid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds numerous.

Native to:

Angola, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Free State, Guinea, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Malawi, Northern Provinces, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre

Impatiens hochstetteri Warb. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
16013.000
Kenya 31286.000
Tanzania 31291.000
Gillett, J.B. [14667], Ethiopia 8895.000
Tweedie, E.M. [1705], Kenya 34149.000
Tweedie, E.M. [3603], Kenya 6049.070
Polhill, R. [1846], Tanzania 1789.000
Hepper, F.N. [5415], Tanzania 34344.000
Brummitt, R.K. [9381], Malawi 25694.175
Friis, I. [1797] 38606.000
Congdon, T.C.E. [163], Tanzania 52542.000

First published in H.G.A.Engler & K.A.E.Prantl, Nat. Pflanzenfam. 3(5): 391 (1895)

Accepted by

  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Fischer, E., Rembold, K., Althof, A. & Obholzer, J. (2010). Annotated checklist of the vascular plants of Kakamega forest, Western province, Kenya Journal of East African Natural History 99: 129-226.
  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Grey-Wilson, C. (1982). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Balsaminaceae: 1-76.
  • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Fischer, E., Rembold, K., Althof, A. & Obholzer, J. (2010). Annotated checklist of the vascular plants of Kakamega forest, Western province, Kenya Journal of East African Natural History 99: 129-226.
  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Edwards, S., Tadesse, M., Demissew, S. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (2000). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 2(1): 1-532. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
  • Exell, A.W., Fernandes, A. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1963). Flora Zambesiaca 2(1): 1-351. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Grey-Wilson,Impat. Afr.: 145, figs. 89, 90 (1980).
  • A.D.Q. Agnew, Upland Kenya Wild Flowers p. 153 (1974).
  • Gilg in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 43: 114 (1909).
  • Warb. in A. Engler & K. Prantl, Die Natürlichen Pflanzenfamilien III.5: 391 (1895).
  • Warb. in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 22: 48 (1895)

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