Entire-Leaf Begonia
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Entire-Leaf Begonia
P Native Herb ovate Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Entire-Leaf Begonia
Botanical name: Begonia integrifolia    Family: Begoniaceae (Begonia family)

Entire-Leaf Begonia is a small, tuberous herb with short, reddish, fleshy stem. Leaves are simple, alternate, 13-25 x 6-11 cm, ovate, irregularly sawtoothed-toothed, tip pointed, base heart-shaped, slightly oblique, sparsely hairy; leaf-stalk 4-15 cm long. Flowers are pinkish, unequal, in dichotomously branched cymes in leaf axils. Male flowers have tepals 4 in 2 whorls; outer 2 round, larger. Stamens many; filaments united at base. Female flowers are up to 8 mm long, tepals 5, free; inner 1 smaller; ovary inferior; styles 2; stigma branched. Capsule with 3 unequal wings, 1 larger. Entire-Leaf Begonia is found in Peninsular India. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed in Sakleshpur, Karnataka.

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