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Photo by Bart Wursten, Zambiaflora.com.


A whole bsh by Robert v. Blittersdorff, Africanplants.senckenberg.de.


And from the front by Bart Wursten, Zambiaflora.com.

Author: 

John Gilbert Baker, 1895

Family: 

BALSAMINACEAE

Origin: 

Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Za´re

Soil: 

Mix

Water: 

Maximum

Sun: 

Medium

Thickness: 

5 Centimetres

Height: 

120 Centimetres

Flower: 

Red - Orange / Yellow

Propagate: 

Seeds/Root Cuttings

Names: 

-

Synonyms: 

Impatiens verdickii, De Wild. 1903.
Impatiens homblei
, De Wild. 1915.
Impatiens edulis, G.M. Schulze, 1944

This member of the Balsaminaceae family was given this name by John Gilbert Baker in 1895. It is found in Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Za´re and Zambia, growing in a well drained but rich soil with quite some water and not that much sun. The caudex can grow to five centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 120 centimetres in height. The flowers are red to orange and yellow.

The genera name means 'impatience', referring to the fruits which pops when ripe and touched. The species name  from Greek gomphos; 'tooth, peg, bolt, bond' and Latin; phylla; 'leaves' for the edges of the leaves.


The flower by Bart Wursten, Zambiaflora.com.


And the fruits and "teeths" by Bart Wursten, Zambiaflora.com.