Name: Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana)
Other names: Impatiens sultanii, busy Lizzie (British Isles), balsam, sultana, or simply impatiens
Higher classification: Touch-me-not
Description: A flowering herbaceous perennial plant growing to 15–60 cm (6–24 in) tall, with broad lanceolate leaves 3–12 cm long and 2–5 cm broad. Leaves are mostly alternate, although they may be opposite near the top of the plant. The changeable, simple leaves are stalked 1.5 to 6 cm long. The leaf blade is ovate to broadly elliptic, sometimes obovate, 2.5 to 13 inches long and 2 to 5.5 inches wide, green and sometimes spotted or pink or reddish on the underside. Leaflets are missing.
Distribution: Native to eastern Africa from Kenya to Mozambique.
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