Plant ID forum: Need help IDing this pretty plant

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Trinidad & Tobago
hueylewis80
Sep 27, 2017 12:18 PM CST
I live in Trinidad & Tobago, a tropical island in the Caribbean; bought this at a local market but forgot to ask for the name.

The plant has begun to lose leaves from the bottom up and the flowers and buds are beginning to wither and fall.

Thanks in advance for your help!


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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Sep 27, 2017 12:43 PM CST
Welcome!

Its an Impatiens. I'm not sure why its dropping leaves and buds.
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hueylewis80
Sep 27, 2017 12:55 PM CST
Hi @Daisyl,

Thanks very much for your reply! Smiling

I looked up images of Impatiens and they seem to be different
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If it is an impatiens, do you know what specific species mine is?
Have attached more photos to assist identification.


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Name: Scott
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ScotTi
Sep 27, 2017 1:13 PM CST
Looks like New Guinea Impatiens type.
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DaisyI
Sep 27, 2017 2:07 PM CST
Yes, I think New Guinea Impatiens is the right direction.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Sep 27, 2017 2:15 PM CST
I agree, New Guinea Impatiens (Impatiens hawkeri) There are some with double blooms like your lovely plant.
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hueylewis80
Sep 27, 2017 2:27 PM CST
Great, thank you so much for your help everyone!
Am a newbie gardener, the assistance is much appreciated.

Thank You! Hurray!
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tofitropic
Sep 27, 2017 6:33 PM CST
Probably should also consider Impatiens balsamina, there are many cultivar with double and dwarf compact habit now.
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plantladylin
Sep 28, 2017 4:09 AM CST
tofitropic said:Probably should also consider Impatiens balsamina, there are many cultivar with double and dwarf compact habit now.

Thumbs up It could very well be a variety of Balsam (Impatiens balsamina)

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purpleinopp
Sep 28, 2017 9:28 AM CST
Hi & welcome!

I. balsamina was my thought, since the blooms are among the foliage, not at the ends of the stems. The leaves on the mystery plant seem wider and maybe also shorter than the usual I. balsamina leaf.

There are quite a few species of Impatiens (850 - 1,000, according to Wiki article about Impatiens genus.) It would be hard for those of us in USA to know which might be found naturally or available commercially in your country.
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hueylewis80
Oct 1, 2017 4:26 PM CST
Thank you for all your answers! I believe my plant is an Impatiens balsamina — pictures of this species matches my plant :).

Now I just need to save the poor thing! The leaves have been withering and all the flowers have dropped :/. Have posted under "Ask a question" to see if I can find some help on what to do.


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ctcarol
Oct 1, 2017 5:42 PM CST
I've never tried one as a potted plant, as they grow outside here, but it looks to me like it is very wet. Are you possibly over watering? I see a saucer under the pot, so assuming the pot has drainage hole? Are you being careful not to water the leaves?
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plantladylin
Oct 2, 2017 5:47 AM CST
Impatiens balsamina is considered as an annual; could it be perhaps that it's at the end of it's life?
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