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This species is accepted, and its native range is Cameroon to South Sudan and Angola.

[FWTA]

Balsaminaceae, Hutchinson and Dalziel. Flora of West Tropical Africa 1:1. 1954

Habit
Herb 1–3 ft. high, stem stout below
Flowers
The spurred sepal forming a long, dark purple, crimson or red sac, other parts of flower greenish-white.

[FTEA]

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

Habit
Upright perennial, rarely annual; stems thick and fleshy, densely leaved, little branched, often becoming rather woody and leafless below.
Leaves
Leaves spirally arranged; petiole (0.5–)1–9.5 cm. long, glabrous or sparsely pubescent, usually with several 0.5–1 mm. long fimbriae towards the base; lamina broadly ovate, ovate-oblong, elliptic or ± lanceolate, 5.5–22 cm. long, 3–8.5(–9.5) cm. broad, the apex subobtuse, acute or shortly acuminate, the base cuneate or ± attenuate, glabrous or with scattered hairs above, glabrous or pubescent on the midrib and lateral veins beneath; lateral veins 6–12 pairs; margin crenate, the crenations usually overlapping.
Flowers
Flowers in fascicles of 2–6(–8), rarely solitary, epedunculate, the spur orange, red, crimson or reddish purple and the petals pale yellowish green or whitish green.
Bracts
Bracts linear-lanceolate or subulate, 1–2 mm. long, inconspicuous.
Pedicel
Pedicels 2.8–5.5 cm. long, slender, glabrous or pubescent.
Calyx
Lateral sepals triangular-ovate, 1.5–2 mm. long, acute, reflexed. Lower sepal 8–14 mm. long, 19–28 mm. deep, saccate, the orifice oblique, glabrous or sparsely pubescent, abruptly constricted into a sharply incurved caudate spur which is usually slightly 2-lobed at the tip and just reaches the rim of the lower sepal.
Corolla
Dorsal petal 9–10 mm. long, 4–6 mm. broad, cucullate, dorsally with a narrow triangular crest in the upper half. Lateral united petals 10–13 mm. long, the upper petal ± twice the size of the lower; upper petal oblong to oblong-oval, 8–9 mm. long, 4–5 mm. broad; lower petal oval-elliptic or suborbicular, 3–4 mm. long, 2.5–3 mm. broad, obtuse.
Ovary
Ovary glabrous.
Fruits
Fruit fusiform, 14–16 mm. long, 5–7 mm. broad.
Figures
Figs. 1, p. 2; 4/69, p. 8.
Habitat
In moist usually densely shaded areas, rain-forest, riverine and swampy forests, shrubby places and pathways, occasionally on the mossy trunks and stumps of trees; 700–2250 m.
Distribution
K5 T1 U2 U4

Native to:

Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Congo, Gabon, Gulf of Guinea Is., Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre

Impatiens niamniamensis Gilg appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Aug 1, 2009 Cheek, M. [11746], Cameroon K000023351
Dec 1, 2008 Cable, S. [1320], Cameroon K000381381
Dec 1, 2008 Etuge, M. [1196], Cameroon K000381376
Jul 1, 2002 Lane, P. [440], Cameroon K000027070
Jul 1, 2002 Lane, P. [43], Cameroon K000027075
Jul 1, 2002 Cheek, M. [6031], Cameroon K000027072
Jul 1, 2002 Wheatley, J.I. [391], Cameroon K000027073
Jul 1, 2002 Cable, S. [741], Cameroon K000027068
Jul 1, 2002 Cable, S. [1212], Cameroon K000027071
Jul 1, 2002 Cable, S. [37], Cameroon K000027074
Jul 1, 2002 Cable, S. [3317], Cameroon K000027053
Jul 1, 2002 Cable, S. [3431], Cameroon K000027054
Jul 1, 2002 Cable, S. [2664], Cameroon K000027056
Jul 1, 2002 Cable, S. [2450], Cameroon K000027059
Jul 1, 2002 Cable, S. [2768], Cameroon K000027060
Jul 1, 2002 Cable, S. [2897], Cameroon K000027063
Jul 1, 2002 Kenfack, D. [253], Cameroon K000027061
Jul 1, 2002 Etuge, M. [2075], Cameroon K000027055
Jul 1, 2002 Etuge, M. [2168], Cameroon K000027057
Jul 1, 2002 Etuge, M. [1415], Cameroon K000027066
Jul 1, 2002 Etuge, M. [1286], Cameroon K000027067
Jul 1, 2002 Etuge, M. [3989], Cameroon K000027076
Jul 1, 2002 Etuge, M. [4334], Cameroon K000027077
Jul 1, 2002 Groves, M. [19], Cameroon K000027069
Jul 1, 2002 Sidwell, K. [336], Cameroon K000027065
Jul 1, 2002 Ryan, P. [306], Cameroon K000027064
Jul 1, 2002 Zapfack, L. [908], Cameroon K000027058
Jul 1, 2002 Zapfack, L. [700], Cameroon K000027062
Jan 1, 1996 Banks, H. [30], Cameroon K000380313
Jan 1, 1994 Cheek, M. [5396b], Cameroon K000381371
Jan 1, 1993 Thomas, D.W. [9116], Cameroon K000540145
Jan 1, 1993 Sunderland, T.C.H. [1073], Cameroon K000540148
Jan 1, 1993 Sunderland, T.C.H. [1440], Cameroon K000540149
Jan 1, 1993 Tchouto (Mbatchou), P. [222], Cameroon K000540150
Jan 1, 1993 Mbani, J. M. [53], Cameroon K000540146
Jan 1, 1993 Nkeng, P. [80], Cameroon K000540147
Congo 15328.000
15329.000
Uganda 31392.000
Dawkins, H.C. [383], Uganda 11797.000
Dawkins, H.C. [425], Uganda 21862.000
Dawkins, H.C. [740], Uganda 8901.000
Osmaston, H.A. [1357], Uganda 11796.000
Hope Simpson, J.F. [379], Sudan 8902.000
Mann, G. [1674], Gabon K000419419
Melville, R. [666], Equatorial Guinea 34155.000
Schweinfurth, G. [3286] K000419420
La Croix, I.F. [5013], Congo 59754.000
Mann [574], Equatorial Guinea K000419417
Mann [574], Equatorial Guinea K000419418
Groupin, G. [2528], Congo, DRC 8903.000

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 43: 104 (1909)

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.
  • Lejoy, J., Ndjele, M.-B. & Geerinck, D. (2010). Catalogue-flore des plantes vasculaires des districts de Kisangani et de la Tshopo (RD Congo) Taxonomania 30: 1-307.
  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
  • Grey-Wilson, C. (1982). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Balsaminaceae: 1-76.
  • Hutchinson, J., Dalziel, J.M. & Keay, R.W.J. (1954-1958). Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 1: 1-828.
  • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • G. M. Schulze in Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berl. 12: 733 (1935).
  • in Engl. Bot. Jahrb. 43: 104 (1909)

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • 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.
  • Lejoy, J., Ndjele, M.-B. & Geerinck, D. (2010). Catalogue-flore des plantes vasculaires des districts de Kisangani et de la Tshopo (RD Congo) Taxonomania 30: 1-307.
  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
  • Grey-Wilson, C. (1982). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Balsaminaceae: 1-76.
  • Hutchinson, J., Dalziel, J.M. & Keay, R.W.J. (1954-1958). Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 1: 1-828.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Grey-Wilson, Impat. Afr.: 206, figs. 151a, b, 152, pl. 47 (1980).
  • A.D.Q. Agnew, Upland Kenya Wild Flowers p. 151 (1974).
  • E. Lind & A. Tallantire, Some Common Flowering Plants of Uganda p. 66 (1962).
  • N. Hallé in Fl. Gabon 4: 18, t. 2 (1962).
  • Wilczek & Schulze in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 9: 407, t. 42 (1960).
  • G.M. Schulze in Consp. Fl. Angol. 2: 158 (1956).
  • Keay, Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 1: 161 (1954).
  • Robyns, Flore des Spermatophytes du Parc National Albert 1: 534 (1948).
  • G.M. Schulze in Notizblatt des Botanischen Gartens und Museums zu Berlin-Dahelm 12: 733 (1935).
  • De Wild., Pl. Bequaert. 1: 367 (1922).
  • Gilg in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 43: 104 (1909).

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