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This species is accepted, and its native range is E. DR Congo to SW. Uganda.

[FTEA]

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

Habit
Straggling moderately branched perennial; stems up to 1.5 m. long, though generally less, often reddish tinged, rooting at the lower nodes, becoming somewhat woody towards the base, 8–9 mm. in diameter, finely pubescent when young but eventually glabrescent.
Leaves
Leaves opposite or in verticils of 3, often some alternate on the same stem; petiole 1–8 cm. long; lamina ovate to narrowly elliptical, 3–13 cm. long, 1.5–7 cm. broad, the base rounded or somewhat attenuate, the apex acuminate, pubescent on both surfaces, more densely so when young; lateral veins (5–)8–16 pairs; margin crenate-dentate, with several ± 1–2 mm. long fimbriae at the base of the lamina.
Inflorescences
Inflorescence a (1–)2–5-flowered subumbellate raceme; flowers bright pink or mauve.
Peduncles
Peduncle 1.7–9 cm. long, pubescent.
Bracts
Bracts ovate-lanceolate, 7–9 mm. long, acute to acuminate, pubescent, caducous.
Pedicel
Pedicels (0.5–)1–3 cm. long, slender, pubescent.
Calyx
Lateral sepals ovate, 7–9 mm. long, 3–6 mm. broad, apiculate, pubescent. Lower sepal navicular, 14–17 mm. long, 6–7 mm. deep, abruptly constricted into a 20–45 mm. long curved filiform spur, ± pubescent.
Corolla
Dorsal petal 7–12 mm. long, 4–6 mm. broad, semicucullate, ± pubescent along the dorsal crest and towards the base. Lateral united petals 20–35 mm. long; upper petal lanceolate-oblong, 10–13 mm. long, 5–6 mm. broad; lower petal oval, 17–31 mm. long, 12–22 mm. broad, distally with a slight emargination along the inner margin.
Ovary
Ovary glabrous.
Fruits
Fruit fusiform, ± 13 mm. long and 5 mm. broad, glabrous.
Figures
Fig. 4/41, p. 8
Habitat
In upland rain-forest, particularly in bamboo thickets or among riverside rocks; 2000–2650 m.
Distribution
U2

Native to:

Uganda, Zaïre

Impatiens apiculata De Wild. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Pl. Bequaert. 1: 353 (1922)

Accepted by

  • 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

  • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Grey-Wilson, Impat. Afr.: 151, fig. 92 (1980).
  • Wilczek & Schulze in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 9: 404 (1960).
  • De Wild., Pl. Bequaert. 1: 353 (1922).

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