Genus:
Begonia L.

Begonia brevibracteata Kupicha

This species is accepted, and its native range is Malawi (Mt. Zomba).

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Plants perennial, 30–90 cm. tall.
Morphology Stem
Stem glabrous, sparingly branched, arising from a tuber.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves glabrous, petiolate; laminae (3)5–12 cm. long, ovate-acute to-acuminate, the margins distinctly serrate; petioles 1·5–10 cm. long; stipules c. 1 cm. long, linear to lanceolate, membranous, deciduous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers in terminal and axillary dichasial cymes with 1–2 dichasia; peduncles 5–9 cm. long; primary dichasial branches 0·5–3 cm. long. Male flowers: tepals 2 + 2, white or palest pink; outer pair 13–26 × 10–18 mm., elliptic to suborbicular, inner pair 11–20 × 6–10 mm., elliptic; filaments c. 1·5 mm. long. Female flowers: tepals 5, coloured as in the male; outer pair 17 × 8 mm., oblong-acute; inner pair 12 × 6 mm., elliptic-acute; innermost one 10 × 5 mm., elliptic-acute; styles divided to c. 1/2 their length, the branches stigmatic and spirally twisted; ovary 7 × 2 mm., linear-oblong, with 3 narrow wings; placentae entire.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts 5–9 × 2–5 mm., ovate, membranous.
sex Male
Male flowers: tepals 2 + 2, white or palest pink; outer pair 13–26 × 10–18 mm., elliptic to suborbicular, inner pair 11–20 × 6–10 mm., elliptic; filaments c. 1·5 mm. long.
sex Female
Female flowers: tepals 5, coloured as in the male; outer pair 17 × 8 mm., oblong-acute; inner pair 12 × 6 mm., elliptic-acute; innermost one 10 × 5 mm., elliptic-acute; styles divided to c. 1/2 their length, the branches stigmatic and spirally twisted; ovary 7 × 2 mm., linear-oblong, with 3 narrow wings; placentae entire.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 11–18 × 5–9 mm., ellipsoid, the wings triangular, unequal: the largest 7–13 mm. wide, the next 4–10 mm., the third 2–4 mm.

Native to:

Malawi

Begonia brevibracteata Kupicha appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Jan 1, 1989 Chapman, J.D. [8330], Malawi K000285610 No
Jan 1, 1975 Whyte, A. [s.n.], Malawi K000285607 No
Jan 1, 1975 Whyte, A. [s.n.], Malawi K000285609 No
Jan 1, 1975 Hilliard, O.M. [4156], Malawi K000285608 Yes
Brummit, R.K. [9195], Malawi K000242750 holotype Yes
Brummit, R.K. [9195], Malawi K000242751 Unknown type material Yes
Brummit, R.K. [9195], Malawi K000242752 Unknown type material Yes

First published in Fl. Zambes. 4: 505 (1978)

Accepted by

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

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  • Kew Backbone Distributions

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