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Flora Data (Last Modified On 3/13/2013)
Genus Impatiens L.
PlaceOfPublication Sp. PI. 937, 1753.
Description Annuals in our species; stems glabrous. Leaves serrate to crenate-denticulate, petiolate. Inflorescences axillary. Flowers pedicellate; sepals 3; the lateral petals connate in pairs. Fruit an elastically dehiscent, glabrous or pubescent capsule.
Distribution Widely distributed in the Old World tropics with only a few species in the more temperate regions of the New World.
Note Several species are often grown as ornamentals. In Panama two species occur, one native and a possible escape; a third species, I. balsamii, is probably grown as an ornamental in Panama, but no collection has been seen.
Key a. Leaves opposite, the margins serrate toward the apex, without hairs on the apex of the serrations; posterior sepal gradually spurred, the spur tapering, incurved ------------------1. I. turrialbana aa. Leaves alternate, the margins crenate-denticulate with tentacular hairs on the apex of the crenations; posterior sepal abruptly spurred, the spur slender, slightly curved ----------. 2. I. wallerana
 
 
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