Begonia subpeltata Wight, Icon. Pl. Ind. Orient. 5: t. 1812 1852. (syn: Reichenheimia subpeltata (Wight) Klotzsch);
S. India, Sri Lanka as per POWO;
Common name: Shield-Leaf Begonia

Perennial acaulescent herb. Rhizome horizontal, up to 5 x 1.3 cm, covered with brownish scale-leaves and large leaf-scars (when old); tissue with red vascular strands and bitter taste; each bearing up to c. 5 aerial leaves and 4 inflorescences when fully grown, connected to daughter rhizome by a short, stout, cylindrical, fleshy stolon upto 3 cm long. Leaves symmetrical, broadly ovate, cordate to strongly cordate at base, acute to acuminate at apex, 8-14.5 x 10-15 cm, sometimes slightly lobed or angular, crenate, palmately 5-6 veined; median vein more prominent; upper surface rather shiny, white-hirsute, white-speckled at bases of hairs in young leaves; lower surface pale, glabrous, pilose along veins; petiole erect, 7-33 cm long, stout, succulent, pale greenish to brown, covered with brown scales in young leaves, glabrescent, cylindrical in lower two-thirds, adaxially 2-alate in upper third; alae narrow. Scapes erect, cylindrical, succulent, rather transparent, almost glabrous, pale pink, 10-55 cm long, axillary or arising near axils from top of rhizome, usually one per axil, each subtended or covered when young by 2 bracts; dichasium lax, up to 25-flowered; bracts ovate, acuminate, almost glabrous, whitish, entire, c. 10 x 5 mm; staminate pedicel up to 0.7-2.5 cm long, erect, glabrous; tepals white, staminate tepals 2+2; the outer pair ovate, 10-20 x 8-13 mm, subcordate at base, glabrous; the inner ovate-lanceolate, up to 13 x 7 mm, acute; stamens 35-40, free; filaments c. 1.5 mm long; anther 1-1.5 mm long, oblong; connective truncate or rounded at apex; pistillate pedicels 5-15 mm long, reflexed, glabrous, pale pink, elongating up to 2 cm in capsule; bracteoles 1-2, lanceolate, 5-10 x 2 mm, glabrous, entire, pale pink; pistillate tepals 2 + 3; outer pair larger, rotundate, up to 8 x 10 mm, glabrous; the inner ones up to 9x 7 mm; ovary glabrous, pale green with pinkish reticulation with a purple septal line on each face, 8-11 x 10 mm inclusive of wings; wings more or less equal, c. 5 mm broad, distally acute to round; margin thickened, rough, slightly undulate; placentae lobulate in lower half of ovary, completely bilamellate in top half, chlorophyllous, ovuliferous throughout; styles 3, connate up to halfway, bilobed above; stigmatic zone papillate, undulate. Capsule 10-15 x 15-24 mm inclusive of 5-9 mm broad wings, dehiscing along inner margin of wings. Seeds oblong-oval, 3 mm long, brown.
Flowering and fruiting: September-December
South India and Sri Lanka
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi as per India Biodiversity Portal)

Images by tspkumar



95-TSP-ID-09SEP2016-01:Images of Begonia sp @ Bababudangiri for ID : 8 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (7)

Kindly identify this Begonia sp 

Habit: Herb 

Habitat: Wild, Shola forest fringe. 

Sighting: Gandhi Mahal, Bababudangiri, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1500 msl 

Date: 04-10-2014

You may also check with comparative images at Begonia

Begonia trichocarpa Dalzell

Is it same the as posted in the FoI ? Flowers are whitish in the FoI   

I think the images at your given link and in FOI may be of Begonia picta

Resembles Begonia picta

I also think the same way

Maybe B. subpeltata as per 185-2: Herb for identification.


185-2: Herb for identification. : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)

Submitting images of a herbaceous plant  for identification. (A Murdannia spp…???)
Date/time:4-10-2014/ 3-00 PM
Location: Bababudangiri, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1500msl
Habitat: Wild
Habit: Herb

Begonia sp.

Several more features are required to ascertain species ID, … These are the species found in Karnataka.

Begonia species in efi

This has been listed as Begonia trichocarpa in efi.

Is it correct ?

Thanks, …, Id was provided by  in the post at 95-TSP-ID-09SEP2016-01:Images of Begonia sp @ Bababudangiri for ID   

I am not sure as there are hardly any images on the net except for a few specimens at GBIF.

Will it be Begonia trichocarpa ?

According to the FoI it does not look like Begonia trichocarpa !

I think the dentate leaves and glabrous capsules are a better match for B. subpeltata

POWO ???



References: POWO  Catalogue of Life  The Plant List Ver.1.1  WCSP  GBIF (High resolution specimens) Flora of peninsular India  Flowers of India  India Biodiversity Portal   Plant illustrations

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