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This species is accepted, and its native range is Malawi (Mt. Mulanje).

[FZ]

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

Habit
Much-branched dense straggling shrub, up to 2 m. high or more; young shoots often zigzag, bright red, finely pilose or glabrous, succulent, with swollen nodes; older shoots brownish, glabrous.
Leaves
Leaves spirally arranged, petiolate; lamina (4) 5–9 (12) × 1·5–3 (4·5) cm., usually lanceolate, rarely broadly lanceolate to elliptic, sparsely pilose or glabrous when young, usually glabrous when older, pale green with marginal teeth often red, apex acute and often acuminate, margin crenulate-denticulate or serrate, base cuneate; secondary nerves more than 12 pairs; petiole 1–2·5 (3) cm. long, slender, subcanaliculate, glabrous.
Flowers
Flowers in axillary few-flowered fascicles, white or pinkish-white, with 2 orange spots inside the lateral petals, the posterior sepal with red markings and the spur usually purple, fragrant; bracts up to 5 × 1 mm., triangular or subulate, acute; pedicels (1) 1·5–2·5 (3) cm. long, slender, finely pilose or glabrous.
Calyx
Lateral sepals up to 6 × 3 mm., ovate-oblong, often cuspidate, usually glabrous; posterior sepal 11–15 × 3–4·5 mm. (excluding the spur), broadly navicular, abruptly constricted into the spur, distally acute or subcaudate, usually glabrous; spur up to 6 mm. long, straight or slightly incurved or often only somewhat bent inwards in the lower half, cylindric or subconical with the end slightly thickened.
Corolla
Anterior petal up to 1·5–2 cm. long (when flattened), helmet-shaped, dorsally with a small crest, apically mucronulate, glabrous; lateral united petals 1·6–2·4 cm. long, deeply 2-lobed; anterior lobe 10–13 × 4–6 mm., broadly ovate to transversely semi-elliptic; posterior lobe c. 1/2–2/3 the size of the anterior one, ovate.
Ovary
Ovary glabrous.
Fruits
Capsule c. 2 cm. long, fusiform, glabrous or very rarely sparsely pilose.
Seeds
Seeds numerous, c. 2·75 × 1·8 mm., ovate in outline, bright reddish-brown, smooth and glabrous.

Native to:

Malawi

Impatiens shirensis Baker f. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1981 Blackmore, S. [1132], Malawi K000049876
Jan 1, 1974 Pawek, J. [3776], Malawi K000049868
Jan 1, 1974 Pawek, J. [3776], Malawi K000049869
Aug 25, 1972 Brummitt, R.K. [9694], Malawi K000049881
Aug 25, 1972 Brummitt, R.K. [12322], Malawi K000049879
Aug 25, 1972 Brummitt, R.K. [9694], Malawi K000049880
Aug 25, 1972 Chapman, J.D. [524], Malawi K000049867
Aug 25, 1972 Burtt Davy, J. [22082], Malawi K000049885
Jan 1, 1964 Richards, H.M. [16615], Malawi K000049882
Jan 1, 1964 Richards, H.M. [16554], Malawi K000049873
Jan 1, 1908 Whyte, A. [s.n.], Malawi K000049883
Jan 1, 1908 Buchanan, J. [943], Malawi K000049884
Jan 1, 1908 Purves, J.M. [95], Malawi K000049870
Polhill, R. [1393], Tanzania 3792.000
Hepper, F.N. [7352], Malawi K000049875
Hepper, F.N. [7352], Malawi K000049874
Brass, L.J. [16423], Malawi K000049872
Brummitt, R.K. [9694], Malawi 25694.144
Brummitt, R.K. [9638], Malawi 25694.167
Brummitt, R.K. [11271], Malawi 25694.183
Brummitt, R.K. [12322], Malawi 25694.187
Chapman, J.D. [8359], Malawi K000049877
Chapman, J.D. [8026], Malawi K000049878
Burtt Davy, J. [22049], Malawi K000049871

First published in Trans. Linn. Soc. London, Bot. 4: 7 (1894)

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.

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