|Author: ||Achille Richard, 1847
||Eritrea, Ethiopia, S Sudan, NE Congo, Uganda,
Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi.
||White / Maroon
Impatiens tinctoria subsp. abyssinica,
Impatiens tinctoria subsp. elegantissima,
Impatiens tinctoria subsp. latifolia, Grey-Wilson.
Impatiens tinctoria subsp. songeana, Grey-Wilson.
This member of the
Balsaminaceae family was given this name by Achille Richard
in 1847. It is found in Eritrea, Ethiopia, southern Sudan,
north-eastern Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi,
where it is growing growing in a rich soil with
lots of water and some sun. The caudex can grow to ten
centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 100 or even 300 centimetres in
flowers are white and maroon, and ten centimetres wide!
The genera name means
'impatience', referring to the fruits which pops when ripe and
touched. The species name tinctoria
is Latin for 'used for dyeing or staining'.