Begonia phrixophylla Blatt. & McCann, J. Indian Bot. Soc. 10: 27 1931.;

Images by Prashant Awale – Id by Adittya Dharap 

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Common name: Shimpli • Marathi: शिंपली Shimpli
 

The identification key is as follows (reference : Flora of Maharashtra : BSI)
Male sepals elliptic 1.2 cm across………… B.concanensis
Male sepals almost orbicular 2.7 cm across…….B.prixophylla
 
According to Dr Almeida the most obvious difference is in the size and shape of leaves with Begonia concanensis having smaller, ovate leaves and B. prixophylla having larger, broad leaves which are almost round. 
 
 


Begonia concanensis : Attachments (4). 11 posts by 6 authors.

Sharing photographs of Begonia concanensis (Family: Begoniaceae).
Location: Sudhagad (Pali)


I feel the images qualify for Begonia prixophylla.
To justify my point attached please find the images of B.concanensis & B.prixophylla.
(These are identified by me based on key and there is a possibility that I have erred).
The identification key is as follows (reference : Flora of Maharashtra : BSI)
Male sepals elliptic 1.2 cm across………… B.concanensis
Male sepals almost orbicular 2.7 cm across…….B.prixophylla
There is one more distinguishing character given in Flora of Maharashtra by Dr.Almeida
That the sepals in B.prixophylla are hairy (I will give the exact details later in the day).
Nevertheless the two species are very close and confusing. Apart from this the BSI flora indicates that the occurrence ofB.prixophylla is Satara but the image I have posted (if it is B.prixophylla) herewith is away from Satara!
From this I feel that the flower images posted by you qualify for B.prixophylla rather than B.concanensis since the male sepals are more wide and orbicular (last image) and hirsute on the dorsal side.
This is what I feel. Maybe … can clear this doubt.


The 2 species are very similar. According to Dr Almeida the most obvious difference is in the size and shape of leaves with Begonia concanensis having smaller, ovate leaves and B. prixophylla having larger, broad leaves which are almost round.
I have found this plant a few times and had concluded that it was B. concanensis. My photos look very much like Prashant’s plant.


Thank you for your comments.
After posting the images I felt that the id cannot be conclusive by images alone and has to be supported by measurements for sepals as indicated by BSI flora key and that of leaves as indicated by Dr. Almeida in Flora of Maharashtra.
Nevertheless am attaching an image of leaf with bristles since the plant in question is with epithet prixophylla.


thanks for the picture of the leaves, but I am unable to open such large attachments! Will take your word for it.
Yes, it’s very difficult to be sure without live specimens. 


I could not find Begonia prixophylla on net,
Is the spelling allright ? 


Try searching for Begonia phrixophylla


 
 
 
 

References:

The Plant List  GRIN  Flowers of India  India Biodiversity Portal  1997 IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants edited by Kerry Scott Walter, Harriet J. Gillett

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