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This species is accepted, and its native range is SW. Tanzania.

[FTEA]

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

Habit
Glabrous, tuberous rooted, perennial to 1 m. tall.
Leaves
Leaves spirally arranged; petiole (0.4–)1–4.2 cm. long; lamina ovate to elliptic, 7.5–12 cm. long, 3.3–5.5 cm. broad, the base shortly attenuate, the apex shortly acuminate; lateral veins 6–7 pairs; margin crenate-serrate, the teeth 2–5 mm. apart.
Inflorescences
Inflorescence a 2–4-flowered raceme; flowers basically white, the petals veined and dotted all over with pink and the spur orange or reddish brown towards the tip.
Peduncles
Peduncle 11–14 cm. long, erect.
Bracts
Bracts oblong, 5–6 mm. long, shortly acuminate.
Pedicel
Pedicels 2–2.7 cm. long, slender, Lateral sepals 4 (2 pairs), the lower pair linear-oblong, 6–7 mm. long, the lower pair ovate or oblong, ± 8 mm. long, obtuse.
Calyx
Lower sepal narrowly buciniform, 14–15 mm. long, gradually tapering into a 42–45 mm. long curved spur, ± 10 mm. in diameter near the base, ± 1 mm. diameter at the tip.
Corolla
Dorsal petal 13–15 mm. long, 14–16 mm. broad, shallowly cucullate. Lateral united petals 22–27 mm. long; upper petal of each pair oblong, 10–11 mm. long, 4–5 mm. broad, the lower asymmetrically obovate, 23–25 mm. long, 14–20 mm. broad, with a slight emargination along the inner margin towards the top.
Fruits
Fruit narrowly fusiform, broadest above the middle and with a 2–3 mm. long beak at the apex, 28–31 mm. long, 4–5 mm. broad.
Figures
Fig. 4/43, p. 8.
Habitat
In damp, generally semi-shaded, areas, forest margins or amongst scattered trees and shrubs in upland grassland; 1900–2150 m.
Distribution
not known elsewhere T7

Native to:

Tanzania

Impatiens polhillii Grey-Wilson appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1973 Polhill, R.M. [1749], Tanzania K000419512 Unknown type material
Jan 1, 1973 Polhill, R.M. [1749], Tanzania K000419513 isotype

First published in Kew Bull. 33: 646 (1979)

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 Impat. Afr.: 160, fig. 101 (1980).
  • Grey-Wilson in Kew Bulletin 33: 646 (1979)

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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