Hairy Sorrel Begonia
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Hairy Sorrel Begonia
P Native Photo: Momang Taram
Common name: Hairy Sorrel Begonia
Botanical name: Begonia acetosella var. hirtifolia    Family: Begoniaceae (Begonia family)

Hairy Sorrel Begonia is a perennial herb, erect, up to 2 m tall. Stems are branching twice or more. Leaves are oblong, ovate-lanceshaped, or oblong-lanceshaped, asymmetric, 10-14 x 3-4.5 cm, velvet-hairy, tip tapering or pointed. Inflorescences are much reduced. Male flowers have flower-stalk about 1.2 cm; tepals 4, white or pinkish, outer 2 obovate to oblate, about 1.2 x 1 cm, inner 2 lanceshaped to oblong, stamens numerous. Female flowers have flower-stalks 5-10 mm, tepals 4, white or pinkish, outer 2 oblate-round, about 1 x 1 cm, inner 2 oblong, about 10 x 7 mm. Hairy Sorrel Begonia is found in China South-Central, East Himalaya, Myanmar. Flowering: April-May.

Identification credit: Momang Taram Photographed in Siang district, Arunachal Pradesh.

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