Impatiens guineensis A.Chev.
Impatiens kirkii Hook.f.
Impatiens thonneri De Wild. & T.Durand
Impatiens villoso-calcarata Warb. & Gilg
Impatiens irvingii is a sprawling. or more or less erect, herbaceous perennial plant with a succulent stem; it is generally much-branched, but is simple in poorly developed specimens; it grows from 20 - 150cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine. It is occasionally grown as an ornamental pot plant[
Tropical Africa - Senegal to Nigeria, Chad and Sudan, south to Angola, DR Congo, Zambia and Tanzania.
Moist places in rain-forest, swamps or along watercourses, sometimes growing in shallow water; at elevations from 400 - 900 metres[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
An extremely variable plant, especially in pubescence, leaf shape and flower size[
In its natural range the plant flowers throughout the year[
In Nigeria aquatic snail species were found to be strongly associated with this plant, which is helpful in monitoring and controlling snails that host schistosoma[
Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
The plant is used in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon and Sudan to produce a high quality vegetable salt[
The young leaves are used as a treatment for schistosomiasis and haematuria[
The plant (part not specified) is used in the treatment of burns[
The flavonoids procyanidin and prodelphidin have been isolated from the stems, sepals and petals[
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