Impatiens sylvicola Burtt Davy

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Impatiens sylvicola

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Zomba Forest Reserve

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Status: Native
Low scrambling annual or short-lived perennial, rooting at the lower nodes. Leaves spirally arranged, more or less broadly ovate-lanceolate, 2-10 long, sparsely pubescent on both surfaces; margin scalloped or toothed. Flowers solitary or in few-flowered clusters, pink or mauve with a deep mauve to red spot near the base of the upper lateral petals. Lower sepal with a spur, 11-18 mm long, filiform, pubescent, curved; dorsal petal, c. 10 × 12 mm, flattened, broadly ovate to almost round, often emarginate at the apex; upper lateral petals obliquely obovate, 9-11 mm long; lower lateral petals, 8-10 mm long, narrowing into a more or less distinct apical ligule.
Derivation of specific name: sylvicola: forest loving
Habitat: In forest clearings and undergrowth, where it may form colonies in shady, humid places or along water courses.
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Flowering time:Throughout the year
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Malawi distribution: S
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Content last updated: Tuesday 27 October 2020

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 33.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 36.

Grey-Wilson, C. (1980). Impatiens of Africa A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Pages 26 - 27. (Includes a picture).

Launert, E. (1963). Balsaminaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Page 172.

Launert, E. & Gonçalves, M.L. (1969). 36. Balsaminaceae Flora de Moçambique Junta de Investigaçoes de Ultramar, Centro de Botanica Pages 9 - 10.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 29.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 61.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Impatiens sylvicola., retrieved 23 June 2024

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