Pink Shield-Leaf Begonia
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Pink Shield-Leaf Begonia
P Native Photo: Momang Taram
Common name: Pink Shield-Leaf Begonia
Botanical name: Begonia josephi    Family: Begoniaceae (Begonia family)

Pink Shield-Leaf Begonia is recognized by its leaves where the leaf-stalk attaches to the underside of the leaf-blade, and not the edge. Flowers are rather small 1-1.5 cm across, rose-colored, several borne in branched clusters on leafless stems to 30 cm. Male flowers with the two larger outer petals soon falling off, female flowers with 1-6 petals. Leaf-blades are ovate-pointed or rounded, up to 15 cm, 3-5-lobed or with numerous pointed toothed lobes, nearly hairless; leaf-stalk long. Capsules are hairless, with 3 wings, one wing much longer, up to 2 cm, and with upper margin horizontal. Pink Shield-Leaf Begonia plant is very variable in size and habit. Pink Shield-Leaf Begonia is found in Nepal to NE India, S. Tibet and Myanmar, at altitudes up to 2600-2800 m. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Momang Taram Photographed in Pasighat, East-Siang distt, Arunachal Pradesh.

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