Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Geraniales Balsaminaceae

Scientific Name: Impatiens meruensis
Species Authority: Gilg.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Magombo, Z.L.K., Mbeiza Mutekanga, N. & Ndiritu, G.G. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment workshop, Uganda. Dec' 2003)
Reviewer(s): Luke, Q. & Malombe, I. (East African Plants Red List Authority)
Impatiens meruensis occurs in East Africa (Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania) and Sudan. In Kenya, the species is relatively widespread throughout upland areas. No current threats have been identified, although it is likely that conversion of upland areas to agriculture is a long term threat: more research is needed on this. The species is not considered to be under serious threat at present.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Three subspecies are known: I. m. septentrionalis occurs in northern parts of Kenya (flora zone K1 — high grounds of Mts Kulal, Nyiru and Marsabit, 2,000–2,400 m asl) and in Sudan; I. m. cruciata is widespread in Kenya (flora zones K1–6) and Uganda (flora zones U1 and U3); and I. m. meruensis is known only from Tanzania (flora zone T2). Population size and trends are unknown.
Countries occurrence:
Kenya; South Sudan; Sudan; Tanzania, United Republic of; Uganda
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Population [top]

Current Population Trend: Unknown
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Damp montane forest, streamsides, spray zone of waterfalls and swampy areas (1,100–3,630 m altitude).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No severe threats affecting the whole population have been identified. In the northern part of the species' range habitat is semi-arid and wetlands are the centre of activities for people and their livestock (I. m. septentrionalis is most likely to be threatened in this area).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No specific conservation measures are known to target this species. However, some of the population is known to occur within national parks and forest reserves.

Citation: Magombo, Z.L.K., Mbeiza Mutekanga, N. & Ndiritu, G.G. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment workshop, Uganda. Dec' 2003). 2004. Impatiens meruensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T44713A10939279. . Downloaded on 04 October 2015.
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