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Useful Tropical Plants

Impatiens hawkeri

W.Bull

Balsaminaceae

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Common Name:

Impatiens hawkeri
Drawing of the flowers and leaves
Photograph by: Curtis's Botanical Magazine, London., vol. 135
Public domain

General Information

Impatiens hawkeri is a decumbent to erect, perennial herb that can grow from 50 - 100cm tall. The stems are often tinged red[
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use. It is commonly grown as an ornamental in the tropics through to the temperate zones, often being treated as an annual bedding plant or grown in hanging baskets[
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Australasia - New Guinea to the Solomon Islands.

Habitat

Moist, shaded or semi-shaded locations in montane or submontane forests, particularly along stream and river margins, at elevations from 400 - 3,150 metres, occasionally descending to 200 metres[
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Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height1.00 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details


Requires some protection from the hottest sun[
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Basic cultivation details, plant uses, habitat etc for several thousand species of plants, mainly from the temperate zone.
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Title
KemperCentreForHomeGardeningPlantFinder
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Author
 
Website
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Basic cultivation details, plant uses, habitat etc for several thousand species of plants, mainly from the temperate zone.
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Plants can flower and produce seed all year round[
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Medicinal Plants in Papua New Guinea
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Publisher
World Health Organisation
Year
2009
ISBN
978-92-9061-249-0
Description
Traditional medicinal uses of 126 species from Papua New Guinea, including information on any modern research into the plants.
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A very variable species: in addition to the numerous cultivars, 15 groups are recognized in the wild forms, which are differentiated mainly by geographical region, flower colour and leaf-form[
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The whole plant is cooked and eaten by children with stomach-ache[
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Combined with the leaves of Plectranthus scutellarioides, the leaves are rubbed on the stomach of pregnant women to help relieve labour pains[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Website
http://proseanet.org/
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Year
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Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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481
Title
Medicinal Plants in Papua New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
World Health Organisation
Year
2009
ISBN
978-92-9061-249-0
Description
Traditional medicinal uses of 126 species from Papua New Guinea, including information on any modern research into the plants.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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