Impatiens walleriana Hook.f., Fl. Trop. Afr. 1: 302 1868. (Syn: Impatiens episcopi H.J.Veitch (Unresolved); Impatiens giorgii De Wild.; Impatiens holstii Engl. & Warb.; Impatiens lujai De Wild.; Impatiens sultani Hook.f.); 

im-PAY-shuns — impatient; referring to the seed pod’s habit of bursting openDave’s Botanary
wall-er-ee-AH-nuh — named for Horace Waller, missionary in central AfricaDave’s Botanary

commonly known as: busy lizzy, Japanese balsam, sultan’s balsam • Manipuri: খুজং লৈ khujang lei

Native to: e Africa (Tanzania to Mozambique); widely naturalized; also cultivated as ornamental;
Widely cultivated in warm and temperate zones of whole world, even on Pacific islands. Naturalized/invasive in warm and humid climates, occasionally escaping also in temperate Europe;

 
Note big flowers, spur thicker in Impatiens hawkeri than in I. walleriana and leaves narrower than in I. walleriana. Many varieties have red veins or red lower side of leaves.
Succulent perennial herb usually leass than 50 cm tall, branches mostly forming a flat top, glabrous, rarely pubescent at tips of branches; leaves alternate or upper opposite; petiole 2-5 cm long with 1 or more stipitate glands, blade ovate to elliptic-oblong, 4-8 cm long, crenate-denticulate, base cuneate and decurrent on petiole, apex acute to acuminate; flowers solitary or in racemes on 3-5 cm long peduncles, in variety of colours, 3-5 cm across; bracts linear; lateral sepals greenish or whitish, 3-7 mm long; lower sepal with curved up to 5 cm long spur; upper petal obovate or ob-cordate, cuspidate, cristate on back; lateral united petals with obpvate basal lobes; capsule oblique-fusiform, 15-22 mm long, glabrous.
 
There are numerous shades starting from white, pink, red, purple to violet, there are double forms, there are big and small flowered forms, there is some variability in leaf shape and color, but the species is heavily selected and hybridized to obtain new varieties in last fifty years;
 
One of the most popular and hardy species best for forming colourful ground covers as it grows very low; 
 


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efloraofindia:”For Id 29092011MR12’’ ?Balsam Pune:  1 image. Request for validation

?Balsam
Date/Time-Sep 2011
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS-Pune
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-Garden
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Herb
Height/Length- 4 cms
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size-green
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- white flowers
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- not seen


I think Impatiens walleriana


yes a common plant for the front most position in a garden flower bed….
blooms all summer till the first frost…


 

 

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Date/Time-Sep 2011
Location-Place, Altitude, GPS-Pune
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-garden
Plant Habit-Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Herb
Height/Length-1 foot
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size-Varegated
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts-Rosy red flowers
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- Not seen


i think hybrid variety of Impatiens walleriana


… my belief same as … (some cultivar of) Impatiens walleriana.


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Garden Flower for ID : Nairobi,Kenya : 110812 : AK-1: Pictures taken on 20 & 21 st Jan,2009 in Nairobi, Kenya.

A small, cultivated garden plant.
Leaves suggest some Balsam species.
Kindly confirm id.


Looks like Impatiens walleriana double form.- Link

… is right
its the hybrid double impatiens, the leaves and the flower buds give it away…
and … is also right… our regular garden balsam is an impatiens so…this is a balsam…..:)
this hybrid is a bit less hardy then its parents, still is (was by now) quite popular as houseplant or partly sunny locations in borders in gardens in northern climes… in summer of course, and had many colors..as you showed …
But in recent times fallen off the favorite list since gets attacked mercilessly by the downy mildew… not a desirable event in the garden esp if one has prized roses and if one grows veggies…its devastating…. so most good quality nurseries did not carry it this year….


thanks for giving all the information about this garden plant.

I haven’t come across it in India as yet though.


good that it did not go to india, would play havoc with the monsoon and spread of the mildew… they do not need one more problem

Date/Time-Sep 2011
Location-Place, Altitude, GPS-Pune
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-Garden
Plant Habit-Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Herb
Height/Length-1/2 ft
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size-green
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts-white, orange,purple colors
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- not seen


I suppose you have mixed up more than one species


I have always been confused about these 2 plants I used to think these are 2 names of the same plant. I will be grateful if someone clears this for me


All these plants looks like different color forms of I. walleriana.
There are numerous shades starting from white, pink, red, purple to violet, there are double forms, there are big and small flowered forms, there is some variability in leaf shape and color, but the species is heavily selected and hybridized to obtain new varieties in last fifty years


Garden plant for id – 091212 ANB-0020 – Mumbai: I’d love to know the name of this garden plant with red as well as pink flowers.


Impatiens walleriana, Balsaminaceae 🙂


 

 
Sep 2011
Sep 2011

sharing images of Impatiens walleriana at a private society garden at Pune


 

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[efloraofindia:04032014] Balsaminaceae, Geraniaceae and Oxalidaceae Week: Balsaminaceae- Impatiens walleriana at Pune – MR-05 : 5 images. Dec 2012

Sharing images of Impatiens walleriana at a private society garden at Pune

Sharing images of Impatiens walleriana at a private society garden at Pune


Yes …, found a great variety of colours.

Ornamental, cultivated, very small plants with heart shaped leaves and flowers in purple, orange, pink seen here.
Pictures taken in Feb & March,2007.
Id please.


Without any doubts Impatiens walleriana


    

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Balsaminaceae, Geraniaceae and Oxalidaceae Week: Balsaminaceae- Impatiens walleriana from Delhi and California-GS-15 : 9 images. Impatiens walleriana Hook.f., D. Oliver, Fl. trop. Afr. 1:302. 1868 Syn: Impatiens sultanii Hook.f.; I. holstii Engl. & Warb.)
Common names: busy-Lizzy; patienceplant, patient-Lucy; sultana, zanzibar balsam

One of the most popular and hardy species best for forming colourful ground covers as it grows very low, very commonly grown in California, also found it at Delhi University Flower Show.
Succulent perennial herb usually leass than 50 cm tall, branches mostly forming a flat top, glabrous, rarely pubescent at tips of branches; leaves alternate or upper opposite; petiole 2-5 cm long with 1 or more stipitate glands, blade ovate to elliptic-oblong, 4-8 cm long, crenate-denticulate, base cuneate and decurrent on petiole, apex acute to acuminate; flowers solitary or in racemes on 3-5 cm long peduncles, in variety of colours, 3-5 cm across; bracts linear; lateral sepals greenish or whitish, 3-7 mm long; lower sepal with curved up to 5 cm long spur; upper petal obovate or ob-cordate, cuspidate, cristate on back; lateral united petals with obpvate basal lobes; capsule oblique-fusiform, 15-22 mm long, glabrous.

Photographed from Delhi and California.

I can add: Widely cultivated in warm and temperate zones of whole world, even on Pacific islands. Naturalized/invasive in warm and humid climates, occasionally escaping also in temperate Europe.
Great variability of colors: white, many shades of pink, red, purple. Bicolor forms, forms with full flowers and variegated leaves known

The pictures are of Impatiens walleriana taken at different places in Mumbai.


Impatiens walleriana for sure and even one of bicolor forms


 

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Kindly id these ornamental balsam seen in Kandy, Sri Lanka during a visit in Nov,2010.


First two – I. walleriana, third – most probably I. hawkeri


Thanks for the ids.
I am totally confused between walleriana & hawkeri.
So decided to post my pictures for validation and correct ids.


This should help
Impatiens hawkeri                                                      Impatiens walleriana
1. Lower leaves opposite, upper in whorls of 3   1. Lower leaves alternate, upper alternate or opposite
2. leaves 10-15 cm long, somewhat lanceolate  2. Leaves 4-10 cm long, mostly ovate
3, margin sharply serrate                                   3. Margin crenate-denticulate
4. leaf base not decurrent on petiole                  4. leaf base decurrent on petiole
5. flowers 5-7 cm across?                                  5. Flowers 3-5 cm across
6. Lower sepal with spur 7 cm long                    6. Lower sepal with spur 5 cm long 

Impatiens hawkeri has also lower sepal shallowly navicular with thicker spur, whereas I. walleriana almost flat lower sepal and filiform spur.
In most cases I. hawkeri has bigger flowers than I. walleriana, however variability of cultivated species is sometimes beyond recognition…
As I wrote in my earlier posts, I hawkeri was recently hybridized with some other more heat and sun tolerant taxa, making things worse for botanists.
If you have access to JSTOR, you can try
Grey-Wilson C. 1980. Impatiens in Papuasia. Studies in Balsaminaceae: 1. Kew Bull. 34(4): 661 – 668.

Further to the differentiation between I. walleriana and I. hawkeri, could you also guide us towards further differentiating I. pulcherrima from the earlier 2?


I never seen I. pulcherrima by myself…
However, I found a picture, where this plant is depicted with greenish horn on the upper petal. Link here: http://www.finerareprints.com/print_detail.html?stock_no=21226
Can anybody familiar with I. pulcherrima confirm this fact?

Impatiens walleriana Hook. f.
Balsaminaceae
Loc.: Itanagar, Arunachal pradesh
Note: An ornamental


Without any doubts – I. walleriana.
By the way, I see I. walleriana is rather common in cultivation in India, especially in urban areas


 

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An ornamental, cultivated plant with a white flower seen in Nairobi, Kenya during visit on 1/2/2009.

Id please.

There is a little problem…
Were all the flowers of this shape?
Or is it only freshly opened I. walleriana?


It was the only flower seen, not completely opened.

Captured in half blooming stage.


So probably just opening I. walleriana


 

 

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Based on the differences given by you, I am trying to sort out my pictures.
I hope these are all Impatiens walleriana.
Kindly confirm.


In my opinion yes – all these five plants are I. walleriana


 

 

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im-PAY-shuns — impatient; referring to the seed pod’s habit of bursting openDave’s Botanary
wall-er-ee-AH-nuh — named for Horace Waller, missionary in central AfricaDave’s Botanary
commonly known as: busy lizzy, Japanese balsam, sultan’s balsam • Manipuri: খুজং লৈ khujang lei
Native to: e Africa (Tanzania to Mozambique); widely naturalized; also cultivated as ornamental
References: Flowers of IndiaWikipediaDave’s GardenNPGS / GRIN 
in gardens of resorts at various places

Here I’m sharing the photographs of Impatiens walleriana, member of Family Balsaminaceae

Validate d Id pz !!
Location : Hanging Garden,Mumbai
Date: 13.02.2013.


Me too believe so … Impatiens walleriana.

Many thanks for sharing this plant, …; reminded me to look into my collection.

Nice uploads.


Impatiens walleriana


Here I’m sharing the photographs of Impatians sp ?? ID PZ / validatepz !!

is it

Impatiens walleriana ???

Location : Hanging Garden, Mumbai.
Date : 13.02.2013


Impatiens walleriana


 

 

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Sharing pictures of Impatiens walleriana double, taken in Nairobi, Kenya during a visit in Jan, 2009.
One of the pictures posted on our group earlier and identified.


Yes, all these are double Impatiens walleriana


Interesting. Looks like roses


Kenya has some very beautiful flora.


 

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Fwd: Id assistance please : 2 posts by 1 author.

Please do help in identifying this flower. Somebody told me that this is Impatiens walleriana.


This one is I. walleriana, eastern African species commonly cultivated in gardens and as pot plant in many places of the world.


 

 

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Impatiens walleriana from Uttarakhand_DSR_Apr : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (5)
Impatiens walleriana Hook.f. (Balsaminaceae) from Pantnagar Uttarakhand.
It is an ornamental small herb in different colours; some are double too.


 

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Cultivated Balsam Species seen at a plant nursery.


Pl. check comparative images in efi site. 

East African Impatiens walleriana.
This species in cultivation has numerous colour forms (white, rosa, red, purple…), sometimes also variegated leaves or double flowers.


 

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White Balsam for ID : Nasik : 11MAY19 : AK-9 : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2)
A small cultivated, potted, garden plant with White flowers.

For Species id please.

Impatiens walleriana (white cv)? 

Thanks for the id.


Yes !  


impatiens hybrid not otherwise classifiable. larger flowers like what i think it is in your picture, … they are descendants from new guinea impatiens like Impatiens hawker.

but cant tell, unless leaves and many flowers are studied, strictly. by now the whole world recognizes this humble flower because of hybridizers have made them popular and cheap to grow by the thousands for large lush colorful borders esp in temperate climate summers.

interesting link
and our own indian nursery trade groups must also be hybridizing them, yet they do no seem to want to publish their results.
May be that’s what you have photographed


 

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Impatiens walleriana : Nasik : 16JAN20 : AK-21 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (4)
A cultivated, garden plant.

Pictures taken in Nov,19.

Hope Id is correct.


 

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