Plant Database forum: Possible error in database

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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Oct 4, 2011 6:25 PM CST
Under the generic name impatiens walleriana, one listed name is balsam. I'm not sure that's correct. The genus impatiens has 2 species that I know of- walleriana and balsamina. I believe "balsam" refers to the balsamina, not walleriana.

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plantladylin
Oct 4, 2011 6:35 PM CST
Karen, I think "Balsam" is one of the common names for Impatiens walleriana as well as a common name for Impatiens balsamina.
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Calif_Sue
Oct 4, 2011 6:39 PM CST

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Yep, kind of misleading though.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impatiens_walleriana
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threegardeners
Oct 4, 2011 6:41 PM CST
hunh...if I hadn't seen it I wouldn't have believed it. I've never heard that kind of Impatien called Balsam.
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kqcrna
Oct 4, 2011 6:55 PM CST
Balsam is a beautiful shade plant. I have never heard walleriana referred to as balsam.

Impatiens Balsamina, aka "balsam"

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 4, 2011 7:23 PM CST
I agree, it is misleading, common names cause so much confusion!

I. walleriana: http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/html/taxon.pl?19862

I. balsamina: http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/html/taxon.pl?19810
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Calif_Sue
Oct 4, 2011 7:54 PM CST

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I agree, all cleaned up now.
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Oct 4, 2011 8:39 PM CST
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Oct 5, 2011 1:20 PM CST
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