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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical Africa (Chimanimani Mountains).

[FZ]

Balsaminaceae, E. Launert. Flora Zambesiaca 2:1. 1963

Habit
Perennial herb, often with a shrubby habit, erect or decumbent, up to 70 cm. high or more; main stems often woody, terete or indistinctly quadrangular, with a dark brown somewhat rimose bark, glabrous, younger branches somewhat pilose but soon glabrescent, striate, yellowish-brown.
Leaves
Leaves spirally arranged, petiolate; lamina 2·5–5·5 × 1·6–2·8 cm., ovate, ovate-lanceolate or elliptic, usually glabrous on both surfaces, rarely the younger leaves scattered-pilose but soon glabrescent, bright green on the upper, greyish-green on the lower surface, apex acute, margins crenulate-denticulate, base broadly to narrowly cuneate herbaceous; secondary nerves 6–8 pairs; petiole (0·3) 0·6–1 (1·7) cm. long, rather slender, glabrous, eglandular.
Flowers
Flowers solitary, axillary, deep red; bracts up to 5 mm. long, lanceolate, acute, glabrous; pedicel 1·5–3·5 cm. long, very slender, glabrous.
Calyx
Lateral sepals up to 6 × 2·2 mm., oblong-elliptic, apically finely caudate, glabrous or rarely finely puberulous; posterior sepal c. 6 mm. in diam. at the mouth, 2·3–3 cm. long, bucciniform, tapering into the spur, usually glabrous; spur medium-thick, recurved, with the end slightly thickened and sometimes very shortly bifid.
Corolla
Anterior petal c. 6·5 × 7 mm. (when flattened), cucullate, apically produced into a short appendage, dorsally cristate; lateral united petals up to 10 mm. long, deeply 2-lobed, usually glabrous; anterior lobe c. 8 × 4–5 mm., broadly oblique-elliptic to ovate-elliptic, entire; posterior lobe c. 5 mm. long, 2–3 mm. high, very broadly oblique-obovate to transversely semi-elliptic.
Ovary
Ovary glabrous.
Fruits
Capsule not known in a mature state.
Seeds
Seeds numerous.

Native to:

Mozambique, Zimbabwe

Impatiens salpinx G.M.Schulze & Launert appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Bol. Soc. Brot., sér. 2, 36: 63 (1962)

Accepted by

  • Exell, A.W., Fernandes, A. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1963). Flora Zambesiaca 2(1): 1-351. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Exell, A.W., Fernandes, A. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1963). Flora Zambesiaca 2(1): 1-351. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca
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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