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  1. Family: Balsaminaceae A.Rich.
    1. Genus: Impatiens Riv. ex L.
      1. Impatiens shirensis Baker f.

        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.

    Images

    Distribution

    Other Data

    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

    Bibliography

    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.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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