Impatiens polyantha Gilg

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Impatiens polyantha

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Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park

Impatiens polyantha

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Lake Kaulime, Nyika National Park

Impatiens polyantha

Picture: Petra Ballings
Lake Kaulime, Nyika National Park

Impatiens polyantha

Picture: Bart Wursten
Lake Kaulime, Nyika National Park

Impatiens polyantha

Picture: Bart Wursten
Lake Kaulime, Nyika National Park

Impatiens polyantha

Picture: Bart Wursten
Lake Kaulime, Nyika National Park

Impatiens polyantha

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park

Impatiens polyantha

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park

Impatiens polyantha

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park

Impatiens polyantha

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park

Impatiens polyantha

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park

Impatiens polyantha

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park

Impatiens polyantha

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park

Impatiens polyantha

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park

Impatiens polyantha

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Impatiens brachycentra G.M. Schulze & Launert
Impatiens obscure-rosacea Gilg
Impatiens richardsiae Launert
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Upright or straggling perennial herb, up to 80 cm high with stems hairless or rarely sparsely pubescent when young. Leaves spirally arranged, sessile or very shortly petiolate, oblong-lanceolate, rarely elliptic or oblanceolate, 3·5–9 cm long, hairless on both surfaces, or rarely sparsely pubescent, lateral veins 8–12 pairs, somewhat prominent beneath; margin crenulate-denticulate. Flowers axillary, single or 2-5 together on a very short peduncle, white or pale pink; bracts lanceolate-triangular, up to 6 mm long; pedicels 2-5.5 cm long, slender, usually hairless. Lateral sepals ovate to ovate-triangular, 6–10 mm long, acute or shortly apiculate, usually hairless; lower sepal 12-20 mm long and 5-11 mm deep, funnel-shaped in and abruptly constricted into a short spur, distally very acute; spur 6–10 mm long, straight, curved or slightly incurved, usually slightly swollen at the tip, hairless or more or less pubescent. Dorsal petal 9–15 mm long (unflattened), helmet-shaped, with a dorsal crest up to 3 mm wide; lateral united petals up to 31 mm long, deeply 2-lobed, hairless; lower lobe transversely oblong, 10–16 mm long; upper lobe c. 3/4 the size of the lower one, transversely oblong or semi-elliptic. Ovary usually hairless. Capsule broadly fusiform 12-18 mm long hairless or somewhat hairy towards the apex.
Type location:
Southern Tanzania
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: polyantha: many-flowered.
Habitat: In moist open grassland or in thickets, along forest margins, river banks and roadsides.
Altitude range: 1400 - 2250 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Southern Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status:
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Content last updated: Thursday 3 October 2019
Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 64 - 65. as Impatiens richardsiae (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 115. (Includes a picture).

Exell, A.W., Fernandes, A. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1966). Additions and corrections Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Page 632. as Impatiens richardsiae

Grey-Wilson, C. (1980). Impatiens of Africa A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Pages 171 - 172. (Includes a picture).

Launert, E. (1963). Balsaminaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 170 - 171. As Impatiens brachycentra

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

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Impatiens polyantha.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=194690, retrieved 13 November 2019

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