1. Family: Begoniaceae C.Agardh
    1. Genus: Begonia L.
      1. Begonia poculifera Hook.f.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Nigeria to Tanzania and Angola.

    [FWTA]

    Begoniaceae, Hutchinson and Dalziel. Flora of West Tropical Africa 1:1. 1954

    Habit
    An epiphyte with stout climbing stem several feet in length
    Bracts
    Bracts green
    Calyx
    Sepals white with red veins at base.
    [FTEA]

    Begoniaceae, Vanessa Plana, Martin J.S. Sands & Henk J. Beentje. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2006

    Type
    Type: Cameroon, Cameroon mountains, Mann s.n. (K!, lecto.; P, iso.) .
    Habit
    Epiphyte, growing on trees, rarely on rocks; stems creeping, rooting at the nodes, usually branched, up to 2 m in length and 1.2 cm in diameter, becoming woody with age.
    Indumentum
    Indumentum of translucent sessile peltate-helicoid scales with a dentate margin, the margin frequently curling under in herbarium specimens and appearing entire; hairs on young organs (e.g new leaves, bracts) almost stellate.
    Stipules
    Stipules up to 5.5 cm long, caducous, narrowly ovate to narrowly triangular, boat-shaped, keeled, apex acute to obtuse, almost glabrous to densely indumented.
    Leaves
    Leaves thick and fleshy, broadly falcate to obliquely fan-shaped, (3.5–)9–15(–22) × (1.8–)4–11(–19) cm, base cuneate, margin entire, apex acuminate, rarely broadly denticulate (with minute teeth extending from lateral veins), when young densely covered in minute translucent scales, glabrescent with age; venation reddish beneath, palmate-pinnate; petiole 1–5.5 cm long.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence axillary, bisexual, the axes reduced, manyflowered; peduncle (0.5–)1.2–5.3(–7) cm long; bracts 2, persistent, subtending and enveloping the inflorescence, boat-shaped, overlapping, 1.5–2.4(–3) cm long, chartaceous, membranous at the margin; bracteoles absent.
    Flowers
    Female flowers: tepals 2, white, similar to male flowers in dimension; ovary shortly stipitate, obovoid, without wings, 4-locular; placentation pseudo-axillary; styles 4, forked at the apex, spirally twisted once, covered all over with minute yellow stigmatic papillae. Male and female flowers with only the free portion of the tepals exserted from the bracts, the base of the tepals fused to form a perianth cylinder up to 12 mm long. Male flowers: tepals 2,  white with longitudinal pink striations, broadly elliptic to orbicular, (0.4–)1.2–3.2 × (0.3–)1–2.8 cm; stamens 10–45, filaments free or fused only at the base; anthers oblong, ± 2.5 mm long.
    Fruits
    Fruits developing within the bracts, mature fruits greenish-white often tinged with dark pink on the upper part, fleshy, baccate, obovoid, 0.8–2.3 cm long, 4–5-grooved, apiculate, indehiscent.
    Ecology
    Moist forest; 1250–1900 m.
    Conservation
    Least concern (LC); widespread .
    Note
    Easily identified by the characteristic falcate or fan-shaped leaves. One of two species possessing large boat-shaped bracts enveloping the inflorescence (see B. ampla). .
    Distribution
    Flora districts: U2 T6 T7 Range: Nigeria, Cameroon, Bioko, Gabon, Congo-Kinshasa, Rwanda, Burundi, Angola

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Burundi, Cabinda, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Gulf of Guinea Is., Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre

    Begonia poculifera Hook.f. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Nov 1, 2002 Cable, S. [3838], Cameroon K000108117
    Nov 1, 2002 Cable, S. [3359], Cameroon K000108122
    May 1, 2001 Etuge, M. [4084], Cameroon K000108136
    Jan 1, 1996 Etuge, M. [1206], Cameroon K000381480
    Jan 1, 1996 Dahl, A. [609], Cameroon K000085779
    Jan 1, 1996 Dahl, A. [609], Cameroon K000085793
    Dec 1, 1994 Thomas, D.W. [9181], Cameroon K000011130
    Dec 1, 1994 Cheek, M. [5350], Cameroon K000510873
    Dec 1, 1994 Wheatley, J.I. [609], Cameroon K000011132
    Dec 1, 1994 Wheatley, J.I. [637], Cameroon K000510876
    Dec 1, 1994 Sidwell, K. [73], Cameroon K000085485
    Dec 1, 1994 Sunderland, T.C.H. [1441], Cameroon K000011126
    Dec 1, 1994 Sunderland, T.C.H. [1070], Cameroon K000011127
    Dec 1, 1992 Tekwe, C. [172], Cameroon K000011134
    Dec 1, 1992 Tekwe, C. [258], Cameroon K000011135
    Jan 1, 1992 Wheatley, J.I. [552], Cameroon K000011133
    Nov 1, 1991 Sanford, W.W. [5544], Cameroon K000050426
    Jan 1, 1989 Thomas, D.W. [2575], Cameroon K000050428
    Jan 1, 1985 Hutchinson, J. [69], Cameroon K000050443
    Jan 1, 1985 Migeod, F. W. H. [76], Cameroon K000050442
    Jan 1, 1978 Maitland, T.D. [898], Cameroon K000050433
    Jan 1, 1977 Brenan, J.P.M. [9388], Cameroon K000050431
    Jan 1, 1977 Brenan, J.P.M. [9388], Cameroon K000050432
    Brenan, J.P.M. [9388], Cameroon 9976.000
    Morton, J.K. [6725], Cameroon K000050427
    Breteler, F.J. [161], Cameroon K000050429
    Davies, M. J. [37497], Cameroon K000050430
    Jan 1, 1976 Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. [9955], Cameroon Begonia haullevilleana K000050445
    Nov 1, 2002 Cable, S. [3355], Cameroon Begonia poculifera var. teusziana K000008565
    Nov 1, 2002 Cable, S. [3568], Cameroon Begonia poculifera var. teusziana K000008566
    Nov 1, 2002 Cable, S. [2833], Cameroon Begonia poculifera var. teusziana K000050599
    Nov 1, 2002 Etuge, M. [2664], Cameroon Begonia poculifera var. teusziana K000008564
    Nov 1, 2002 Zapfack, L. [699], Cameroon Begonia poculifera var. teusziana K000050607
    Jan 1, 1994 Lane, P. [32], Cameroon Begonia poculifera var. teusziana K000011137
    Jan 1, 1985 Letouzey, R. [14384], Cameroon Begonia poculifera var. teusziana K000050444
    Jan 1, 1979 Tamajong, S. [FHI 22148], Cameroon Begonia poculifera var. teusziana K000050440
    Jan 1, 1979 Tamajong, S. [FHI 22148], Cameroon Begonia poculifera var. teusziana K000050441

    First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 2: 574 (1871)

    Accepted by

    • Lejoy, J., Ndjele, M.-B. & Geerinck, D. (2010). Catalogue-flore des plantes vasculaires des districts de Kisangani et de la Tshopo (RD Congo) Taxonomania. Revue de Taxonomie et de Nomenclature Botaniques 30: 1-307.
    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
    • Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. MIM, Deurne.

    Literature

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    • Engl. Pflanzenw. Afr. 3, 2: 614 (1921).
    • in F.T.A 2: 574 (1871)
    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Misc. Papers Landb. Wageningen 19: 392, fig. 3 (1980).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    Flora of West Tropical Africa
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
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