Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Dicotyledon Literature for Impatiens walleriana
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999.
   Balsaminaceae -- The Touch-me-not Family Bibliography
      Impatiens walleriana

Common name(s): balsam, jewelweed, touch-me-not, busy lizzy, patient Lucy
General Information
DistributionNative from Tanzania to Mozambique, commonly cultivated with many cultivars having been developed.In the Hawaiian Islands, naturalized on Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Hawai`i.

Balsaminaceae - Impatiens walleriana Balsaminaceae - Impatiens walleriana

Succulent, flat-topped perennial herbs 0.3-1 m tall.
Leaves often greenish or reddish green on both surfaces, alternate or the uppermost sometimes opposite, blade lanceolate or ovate to elliptic-oblong, 3-13 cm long, 2.5-7.5 cm wide, margins crenate-denticulate with glandular teeth; petiole 1.3-6 cm long, bearing elongate glandular marginal appendages.
Flowers solitary or in axillary or terminal racemes, red, reddish orange, pink, purple, white, or variegated, the spur usually 2.5-3.2 cm long.
Capsule fusiform, 15-20 mm long, 4-6 mm in diam., glabrous.
Seeds 30-35, obovoid-compressed, 2-2.2 mm long, 1.4-1.6 mm wide, brown, papillose-puberulent.
2n = 16
David Lorence