1. Family: Begoniaceae C.Agardh
    1. Genus: Begonia L.
      1. Begonia sonderiana Irmsch.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Zimbabwe to NE. KwaZulu-Natal.

    [FTEA]

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

    Note
    is a name often found on labels of specimens from our area; the type is from Mozambique and the species is restricted to that country, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
    [FZ]

    Begoniaceae, F. K. Kupicha. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

    Habit
    Plants perennial, 40–100 cm. tall.
    Stem
    Stems glabrous, sparsely branched, arising from a large oblique tuber.
    Leaves
    Leaves glabrous, petiolate; laminae 5–17 cm. long, ovate in outline, with 3–6 triangular lobes, often cordate at the base; sinuses between lobes 1/4–1/2 × length of lamina; margins irregularly and very shallowly dentate; petioles (1)3·5–14 cm. long; stipules 5–13 mm. long, linear-lanceolate to ovate, reddish-brown when dry, entire.
    Flowers
    Flowers in terminal and axillary dichasial cymes with 2–3 dichasia; peduncles 6–11 cm. long; primary dichasial branches 1·5–3 cm. long. Female flowers: tepals 5, pink; outer ones 6–17 mm. long, elliptic to suborbicular, inner ones shorter and narrower; styles divided to c. 1/2 their length, the branches stigmatic and spirally twisted; ovary 8–14 × 4–7 mm., oblong, 3-winged; placentae bifid. Male flowers: tepals 2 + 2, pink; outer pair 8–13 × 11–17 mm., suborbicular to transversely elliptic, often cordate at base; inner pair 5–8 × 3–4 mm., obovate; filaments 2–3 mm. long.
    Bracts
    Bracts 2–5 mm. long, ovate, brownish, membranous, caducous.
    Male
    Male flowers: tepals 2 + 2, pink; outer pair 8–13 × 11–17 mm., suborbicular to transversely elliptic, often cordate at base; inner pair 5–8 × 3–4 mm., obovate; filaments 2–3 mm. long.
    Female
    Female flowers: tepals 5, pink; outer ones 6–17 mm. long, elliptic to suborbicular, inner ones shorter and narrower; styles divided to c. 1/2 their length, the branches stigmatic and spirally twisted; ovary 8–14 × 4–7 mm., oblong, 3-winged; placentae bifid.
    Fruits
    Capsule 12–16 × 7–9 mm. excluding wings, ellipsoid or cylindrical; wings very variable in shape, elliptic, oblong or triangular with the upper edge ± horizontal; largest wing up to 1 cm. wide, the next almost the same, the third much narrower; wing extending beyond capsule 1–3 mm. distally, 2–4 mm. proximally.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Zimbabwe

    Begonia sonderiana Irmsch. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1960 Galpin, E.E. [821], South Africa K000242716
    Richards, H.M. [4667], Zimbabwe K000242757 holotype

    First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 81: 156 (1961)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. MIM, Deurne.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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