Impatiens kinabaluensis

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Impatiens kinabaluensis
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Balsaminaceae
Genus: Impatiens
Species: I. kinabaluensis
Binomial name
Impatiens kinabaluensis
S. Akiyama & H. Ohba, 2005

Impatiens kinabaluensis, Kinabalu balsam, is a flowering plant in the family Balsaminaceae. It is endemic to Borneo.

Etymology[edit]

The genus name Impatiens (Latin for "impatient") refers to the explosive dehiscence of the fruit. The species name kinabaluensis refers to Mount Kinabalu, the type locality.

Description[edit]

Impatiens kinabaluensis reaches about 90 centimetres (35 in) in height. It has long, rigid stems. The leaves are about 3-4 inches long, dark green, entire, ovate to lanceolate-ovate, ribbed and shiny. The upper surface has a thick, water-repellent cuticula. The flowers are pink-lilac and bloom from April through November.

Distribution[edit]

This plant occurs in Kinabalu National Park in Sabah on the island of Borneo.

Habitat[edit]

It grows in shaded rainforests, with moist, well-drained soil, at an altitude of about 1,700 metres (5,600 ft) above sea level.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Akiyama, S., et al. 2005. A new species of Impatiens (Balsaminaceae) from Mt. Kinabalu, Borneo. J. Jap. Bot. 80(5) 266–270.
  • Ikeda, H., et al. 2005. A cytotaxonomic study of five species of Impatiens (Balsaminaceae) in Java and Borneo, Malesia. J. Jap. Bot. 80(5) 271–77.