Bristly-Leaf Begonia
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Bristly-Leaf Begonia
ative Photo: Prasant Awale
Common name: Bristly-Leaf Begonia • Marathi: शिंपली Shimpli
Botanical name: Begonia phrixophylla    Family: Begoniaceae (Begonia family)

Bristly-Leaf Begonia is a rare and threatened succulent epiphytic herb, growing up to 30-40 cm tall. It has tuberous roots with a stout rhizome. Short stems are hairless when young, but become hairy with age. Broadly ovate to rounded leaves are 10-20 cm. Leaves have an unequal heart-shaped base, typical of Begonias. The leaves are densely covered with stout bristles. Leaf stalks are 25 cm long and pink. Rose colored flowers are 2-3 cm across, appearing in cymes. The lateral flowers are female, and the terminal one is male. Male flowers have two circular, concave sepals and two ovate petals, and many stamens. Female flowers have 5 "petals" (perianth segments to be precise). It is a rare and threatened species, endemic to the Western Ghats. Flowering: August.

Identification credit: Adittya Dharap, Makarand Mohanrao Aitawade Photographed in Sudhagad, Maharashtra.

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