Konkan Begonia
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Konkan Begonia
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Konkan Begonia • Marathi: गजकर्णिका Gajkarnika
Botanical name: Begonia concanensis    Family: Begoniaceae (Begonia family)

Konkan Begonia is an annual herb characterized by rosy flowers. The plant has tuberous roots and grows up to 25-50 cm tall. Ovate leaves, 5-15 cm long, have heart-shaped bases and serrated margin, and are covered with short, thick hairs. The leaves are pink and hairless on the underside. Lower leaves can have stalks up to 15 cm long, while the upper ones have up to 6 cm long, pink, watery stalks. Flowers are 2-3 cm across, pink, carried on stalks. Male flowers have 2 pinkish white sepals and 2 rosy pink petals. There numerous stamens with yellow anthers, clustered in the center. Female flowers have 5 rosy pink tepals. Flowering: August-September.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale
Photographed at Lohagad Fort, Lonavala, Maharashtra.
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