Begonia dipetala Graham, Bot. Mag. 55: t. 2849 1828. (Syn: Begonia bipetala Lodd. ex Otto & Dietr. [Spelling variant]; Begonia malabarica var. dipetala (Graham) C.B.Clarke; Haagea dipetala (Graham) Klotzsch);
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Begonia malabarica Lam. [Begoniaceae]: Name: Begonia malabarica Lam.

Family: Begoniaceae
Habit: sub-shrub
Characteristic feature: adaxial (under-side) reddish
Photographed at Vaalparai, TN; on 12 July 2012
Habitat: edges of pathways in wet forests; especially on rocky crevices and rocks
Dear all, is this identification right? please correct me if I am wrong.

This is Begonia dipetala var dipetala and not B. malabarica. Begonia malabarica is an endemic species in Kerala. All the names published under the name B. malabarica from other part of India need a careful study.
In fact, B. malabarica was based on Rheede’s Tsjeria-narinampuli. It was validated by Lamark. It is an endemic species of kerala.
For further Reading kindly see{ 1}Santhosh Kumar E.S., Seema G. Gopal and G.M. Nair 2005. Re-appearance of Rheede’s Tsjeria-narinampuli – Its identity after the discovery and a note its allied species. Begonian 72 (Jul/Aug): 135-140.


Thank you …, what are the peculiar character that diffrentiate B.dipetala from B.malabarica? As you said, it is being reported from TN too.

Source: An excursion flora of Central TN by K M Mathew



Images by Anurag Sharma – Id by Prabhu Kumar KM, (For more photos & complete details, click on the links)

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ANDEC38 Please identify this Begonia sp. : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6)

Nelliyampathy, Kerala
November 2014


may be Begonia trichocarpa


Thank you sir.


Appears closer to images at Begonia dipetala Graham

Begonia dipetala var hydrophila (C.B.Clarke) E.S.S.Kumar et Seema



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Charmadi Ghat Karnataka
Date: 12 NOV 2016 … Altitude: explored between: 873 – 976 m (2863 – 3201 ft) asl
Begonia malabarica Lam. … (family: Begoniaceae)


With only two petals seen in all the flowers, this should be Begonia dipetala.


Thank you very much …!!! Corrected my notes at flickr.


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near Attappadi, Kerala- May 15, 2010; For ID 100910 ET – efloraofindia | Google Groups


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