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Genus Impatiens Family Balsaminaceae

Description: Herbs, rarely woody at base.

Leaves alternate, margins crenate to deeply toothed.

Flowers axillary towards the ends of branches, peduncles 1 to few-flowered. Sepals 3, lateral sepals usually green and small, lowest one large, petaloid and spurred. Petals 5, upper one exterior and partly sepaloid, 4 others in 2 ± fused lateral pairs.

Capsule explosively dehiscent.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 600 species, tropical & subtropical regions. Australia: 1 species (naturalized).

Text by S. M. Hastings
Taxon concept:

Taxa not yet included in identification key
Impatiens balfouri,    Impatiens sodenii,    Impatiens walleriana


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