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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania (Mt. Kilimanjaro).

[FTEA]

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

Habit
Weakly branched scrambling or ± upright perennial; stems often rooting at the nodes; young stems and shoot apices ± densely pubescent, but glabrescent with age.
Leaves
Leaves spirally arranged; petiole 0.5–4 cm. long, slender, sparsely pilose, often with a few fine fimbriae towards the top; lamina elliptic to broadly ovate, 1.5–8.5 cm. long, 1–5.5 cm. broad, apex subobtuse rarely shortly acuminate, sparsely to densely pilose on both surfaces with hairs ± 0.5 mm. long; margin crenate to crenate-dentate, the lower 2–3 teeth on each side often very slender; lateral veins 5–8(–9) pairs.
Flowers
Flowers solitary or in pairs, epedunculate, orange-red.
Bracts
Bracts inconspicuous, linear-lanceolate, acute.
Pedicel
Pedicels 3.2–6.5 cm. long, slender, sparsely to densely pubescent.
Calyx
Lateral sepals 2, lanceolate to ovate, 4–6 mm. long, acute, sparsely pilose or glabrous. Lower sepal 1.4–3.3 cm. long overall, deeply saccate, tapering gradually into a curved or incurved spur, the tip shortly 4–6-lobed, glabrous or finely pilose.
Corolla
Dorsal petal 7–10 mm. long, 5–6 mm. broad, cucullate, apically produced into a short acute appendage. Lateral united petals 1.1–1.4 cm. long; upper petal ovate-elliptic, 3–6 mm. long, entire, about half the length of the lower petal; lower petal broadly elliptic to rhomboidiform, 7–10 mm. long.
Ovary
Ovary glabrous.
Fruits
Fruit fusiform, 2–2.2 cm. long.

Native to:

Tanzania

Impatiens digitata Warb. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Verdcourt, B. [1557], Tanzania 15323.000
Greenway [12585] 38775.000

First published in H.G.A.Engler (ed.), Pflanzenw. Ost-Afrikas, C: 252 (1895)

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, Impat. Afr.: 199, figs. 143, 144 (1980).
  • Gilg in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 43: 106 (1909).
  • Warb. in Die Pflanzenwelt Ost-Afrikas und der Nachbargebiete, Theile C: 252, t. 26 (1895).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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