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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania (Ulanga District).

[FTEA]

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

Habit
Erect annual 15–60 cm. tall; stems simple or moderately branched, particularly in the lower half, slender, pale green or reddish, finely pubescent to glabrous.
Leaves
Leaves spirally arranged, though the lowermost usually opposite; petiole 1–6.5 cm. long, with several scattered stipitate glands on either side, each 1–1.5 mm. long; lamina ovate to ovate-lanceolate, 2–9.8 cm. long, 1.4–5.8 cm. broad, cuneate from a broad base, the apex subobtuse or somewhat acuminate, finely pubescent above and beneath, especially on the midrib and lateral veins beneath; lateral veins 5–6 pairs, rather oblique; margin shallowly crenate or crenate-serrate.
Flowers
Flowers in axillary fascicles of 2–4, sometimes solitary, epedunculate, white or pale pink, the lower sepal with transverse pink or purplish markings.
Bracts
Bracts linear, 1–2 mm. long, inconspicuous.
Pedicel
Pedicels 8–14 mm. long, slender, slightly pubescent or glabrous.
Calyx
Lateral sepals linear-lanceolate, 1.5–2 mm. long, glabrous. Lower sepal shallowly navicular 5–6.5 mm. long, 2–3 mm. deep, abruptly constricted into a short, 1–1.5 mm. long, straight spur which is somewhat constricted near the tip, finely pubescent or glabrous.
Corolla
Dorsal petal cucullate, 4.5–5.5 mm. long, 2.5–3.5 mm. broad (unflattened), glabrous. Lateral united petals 8–10 mm. long; upper petal of each pair ovate-triangular, 2–3 mm. long, 0.75–1.25 mm. broad; lower petal suborbicular or transversely semi-ovate, 5–6 mm. long, 4–5 mm. broad.
Fruits
Fruit narrowly fusiform, 7–10 mm. long, finely pubescent.
Figures
Fig. 3/52, p. 6.
Habitat
Shaded and semi-shaded places on rock outcrops; 900–1150 m.
Distribution
not known elsewhere T6

Native to:

Tanzania

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

First published in Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin-Dahlem 13: 423 (1936)

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 Kew Bulletin 35: 175, fig. 1 (1980).
  • Grey-Wilson, Impat. Afr.: 179, fig. 116 (1980)
  • G.M. Schulze in Notizblatt des Botanischen Gartens und Museums zu Berlin-Dahelm 13: 423 (1936).
  • Schlieben in Gartenflora 85: 324 (1936).

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