First observation of Impatiens balfourii in Luxembourg

Impatiens balfourii. Luxembourg, Kirchberg. Photo: Roland Proess, 5 August 2016.

Impatiens balfourii Hook.f. was first observed in Luxembourg, in the wild, in 2016, on the edge of the Kirchberg plateau by Roland Proess. It is at present just considered to be subspontaneous, it may however have the potential of getting naturalized in Luxembourg due to climate change.

Yves Krippel & Roland Proess have written a detailed article on the subject which was submitted to the next edition of the Bulletin of the Luxembourg Naturalist Society:

  • Krippel, Y. & R. Proess, [submitted]. Impatiens balfourii Hook. f. (Balsaminaceae), nouvelle espèce subspontanée au Luxembourg ?! Bull. Soc. Nat. luxemb. 119.

Impatiens balfourii has been assessed today according to the ISEIA protocol by Yves Krippel and Christian Ries: B1, Watch list.

Two other invasive alien balsam species occur in Luxembourg: the Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera Royle), one of the most common and widespread invasive neophytes in Luxembourg, and the small balsam (Impatiens parviflora DC.), which is widespread in forest ecosystems across Luxembourg.