Impatiens macroptera is a more or less erect, perennial herb that can grow 20 - 40cm tall, occasionally to 50cm. The stems can be simple or branched about the base[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.
West tropical Africa - eastern Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon.
Humid shaded rain-forest, forest margins; at elevations from 200 - 1,350 metres[
Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
The leaves are used to produce a vegetable salt[
The leaves are eaten as a cure for heart troubles and illnesses caused by evil spirits[
The leaves are used to make poultices and dressings to treat wounds and sores and to alleviate all kinds of painful conditions[
The flavonoids procyanidin and prodelphidin have been isolated from the sepals and petals[
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