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Red-Vein Begonia   
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Red-Vein Begonia
P Native Photo: Nidhan Singh
Common name: Red-Vein Begonia
Botanical name: Begonia hatacoa    Family: Begoniaceae (Begonia family)
Synonyms: Begonia rubrovenia, Platycentrum rubrovenium

Red-Vein Begonia is a herb 10-50 cm tall, with white flowers streaked with pink. Flower-cluster-stalks are about 10 cm, bearing a few flowers at branch-ends; bracts similar to stipules. Outer tepals are ovate, about 10 x 7 mm, inner ones about 6 x 4 mm, pink or white, streaked pink. Stamens numerous; connective produced. Leaves are ovate-lanceshaped, 7-15 x 3-7 cm, tapering, base obliquely rounded, scarcely heart-shaped, margin nearly entire or distantly toothed, velvet-hairy on veins beneath. Leaf-stalks are 3-12 cm; stipules ovate, up to 20 x 10 mm, tapering, persistent. Capsules are about 12 x 6 mm, becoming reflexed, largest wing oblong, 15 x 10 mm. Red-Vein Begonia is found in E. Himalayas, from Nepal to Bhutan, NE India, at altitudes of 1200-2000 m.

Identification credit: Nidhan Singh Photographed in Arunachal Pradesh.

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