Clubed Begonia
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Clubed Begonia
P Native Photo: Saroj Kasaju
Common name: Clubed Begonia
Botanical name: Begonia cucullata var. cucullata    Family: Begoniaceae (Begonia family)
Synonyms: Begonia cucullifolia, Begonia nervosa, Begonia semperflorens

Clubed Begonia is a perennial herb, usually hairless, sometimes sparsely hairy. Stems are 30-70 cm. Stipules are lanceshaped to oblong, 7-19 x 3-6 mm; leaf-stalk 5-46 mm, hairless; blade asymmetric, ovate to kidney-shaped, 46-72 x 33-85 mm, base wedge-shaped on shorter side, usually rounded on longer one, margins not lobed, rounded toothed, teeth apices bristly, otherwise efringed with hairs, tip blunt. Bracts are lanceshaped to ovate. Flowers are pink to red, male: tepals 4, outer 2 (sepals) nearly circular or kidney-shaped, 7-10 mm, inner 2 (petals) narrowly obovate, 5-7 mm; stamens 24-33; female: tepals 4 or 5, obovate, 6-9 mm. Clubed Begonia is found in Eastern Himalayas and South and Central America.

Identification credit: Mark Hughes Photographed in Kalimpong, West Bengal.

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