Interim profile, incomplete information
Taxonomic name: Impatiens walleriana Hook. f.
Common names: balsam (English), balsamine sauvage (French), bizzy-lizzie (English), garden impatiens (English), Japanese balsam (English), patience plant (English), patient lucy (English), snapweed (English), sultana (English), sultan's balsam (English), sultan's flower (English), Zanzibar balsam (English)
Organism type: herb
Impatiens walleriana is a herb from Africa. It has been introduced to many countries as an ornamental but has escaped from gardens and naturalised. Impatiens glandulifera can be very invasive, as in La Réunion, where it is dominant or co-dominant in natural or semi-natural environments.
natural forests, planted forests, riparian zones, ruderal/disturbed
Native range: Tanzania to Mozambique.
Known introduced range: Common in warm countries (PIER, 2007).
Compiled by: Comité français de l'UICN (IUCN French Committee) & IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG)
Last Modified: Friday, 14 March 2008