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Impatiens cf. adenioides

I'm not 100% sure, but i'm pretty sure this is Impatiens adenioides, an endangered species from Thailand.  This unusual Impatiens makes a large, boulder-like caudex up to 12 inches across!  It blooms almost constantly throughout the year, with beautiful golden-yellow flowers that dangle from long racemes.  The plant looks somewhat like my Impatiens mirabilis, however this is a different species.  It's a choice collector's plant that would make a fine show plant.  It's an extremely rare plant.  I don't know anyone else offering it.

Impatiens cf. adenioides (adenoides)

Each plant takes on a unique shape, with several tall, woody stems that slowly grow to 3 feet tall.  It has thick, succulent leaves that are mostly near the top of the stems, giving them a nice palm tree look.   The 8 inch-long racemes can have 40 or more blooms, which open 2 or 3 at a time over several months.  The flowers are slightly over an inch long and have a glossy sheen, which makes them appear wet.  The plant matches the description of Impatiens adenioides, which was named for its resemblance to AdeniumImpatiens adenioides is from a tiny section of southern Thailand, where it is critically endangered.

Impatiens cf. adenioides

I find it has similar growing preferences to Impatiens mirabilis, a tropical species that does best above 60 degrees F (15C).  It tolerates heat fine, but it seems happiest between about 65 and 85 degrees F (18-30C).  It doesn't need a large pot - in fact it does well as a bonsai plant.  It does require very fast draining soil.  A typical soil mix is 2 parts coarse sand, 2 parts pumice rock, and 1 part potting soil or coir fiber.  It is fairly drought tolerant, but it grows best if the soil is kept moist.  It likes bright, filtered light.  Morning sun is fine, but it will need some protection from strong afternoon sun.  Over about 40-50% humidity is best.  In the right conditions, it's an easy and very long-lived plant.

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