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Useful Tropical Plants

Impatiens platypetala

Lindl.

Balsaminaceae

+ Synonyms

Balsamina sumatrana Miq.

Impatiens aurantiaca Teijsm. ex Koord.

Impatiens celebica Miq.

Common Name:

Impatiens platypetala
Drawing of the flowering stem
Photograph by: Edwards’s Botanical Register, vol. 32: t. 68 (1846) [S.A. Drake]
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General Information

Impatiens platypetala is an erect or decumbent, herbaceous perennial herb that can grow 30 - 100cm tall[
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Southeast Asia - Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines.

Habitat

Lowland and montane forest, growing in gullies, along streams, in damp, shaded and semi-shaded localities, forest clearings, often gregarious, at elevations from 100 - 1,600 metres[
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Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.60 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The leaves are used as a diuretic for children[
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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The leaves are used for poulticing skin problems[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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