Limpricht Begonia
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Limpricht Begonia
P Native Photo: Momang Taram
Common name: Limpricht Begonia • Adi: Sisi-baying
Botanical name: Begonia limprichtii    Family: Begoniaceae (Begonia family)
Synonyms: Begonia houttuynioides

Limpricht Begonia is a herb named after the botanist Dr W. Limpricht. Leaves are basal, leaf-stalk 3-8 cm, densely brown hairy, leaf-blade ovate or broadly ovate, asymmetric, 5-8 x 4-7 cm, below hairy, above red bristly, venation palmate, 7-veined, base shallowly heart-shaped, margin remotely and irregularly finely toothed, very shallowly divided, tip shortly tapering. Flowers are borne in clusters 8-16 cm tall, nearly hairless or hairless; flower-cluster-stalk 1-1.3 cm; bracts ovate-lanceshaped, 6-10 x 2-4 mm, margin fringed with hairs, tip tapering and shortly cuspidate. Male flowers: flower-stalk about 4 mm; tepals 4, white or rarely pink, outer 2 broadly ovate, 1.8-2 x about 1.5 cm, below hairy, inner 2 broadly elliptic, about 10 x 5 mm. Female flowers: flower-stalk about 2.2 cm; tepals 4 or 5, unequal, largest nearly round, broadly oblong, or broadly ovate, 1.5-1.6 cm, smallest oval or oblong, 10 x 5 mm; styles 2, fused to halfway; stigmas 2-cleft, spiraled. Capsules are nodding, obovoid-oblong, 10-13 x 7-9 mm, unequally 3-winged; lower wing strap-shaped, 13-17 x 5-9 mm; lateral wings 3-5 mm. Limpricht Begonia has been previously known from Sichuan and Yunnan in China. However now it is known to occur in Arunachal Pradesh too. Flowering: May-June.

Identification credit: Momang Taram Photographed at Geku, Upper Siang, Arunachal Pradesh.

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