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Impatiens hawkeri  W. Bull


Botanical Name


Impatiens hawkeri W. Bull

English Name


New Guinea Impatiens



Impatiens holstii Engl. et Warb., Impatiens sultanii Hook. f.





General Info


A perennial herb, 0.5—1 m tall, stems decumbent to erect, often tinged red. Leaves in whorls of 3—7, linear to elliptical to oblong, 4—24.5 cm x 0.5—6 cm, base abruptly cuneate to gradually attenuate, apex acute to long-acuminate, margin shallowly crenate to serrate, the upper teeth ending in a short apiculum, 1—2 mm long, pale to deep green, bronze, reddish or purplish or variegated, petiole slender, 0.5—6 cm long. Flowers solitary, pedicel slender, ascending, 4—12 cm long, lateral sepals ovate, long acuminate, 8—15 mm x 3.5—6 mm, lower sepal shallowly navicular, 9—21 mm long, abruptly constricted into a curved filiform spur 3—10 cm long, dorsal petal obcordate to suborbicular, shallowly emarginate, rather flat, 14—29 mm x 16—35 mm, with a shallow crest on the back, lateral united petals 19—42 mm long, shallowly to deeply emarginate, upper pair slightly smaller than lower pair; corolla white, pink, lilac, purple, orange, pale red, scarlet, crimson or magenta. Capsule fusiform, 18—33 mm x 5—9 mm, glabrous.


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Medicinal Use

The whole plant is cooked and eaten by children with stomach-ache. Mixed with leaves of Plectranthus scutellarioides (L.) R.Br., the leaves are rubbed on the stomach of pregnant women to help relieve labour pains.



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