Begonia oxyloba Welw. ex Hook. f.

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Begonia oxyloba

Photo: David Gwynne-Evans
Slopes of Mt Mabu.

Begonia oxyloba

Photo: David Gwynne-Evans
Slopes of Mt Mabu.

Begonia oxyloba

Photo: David Gwynne-Evans
Slopes of Mt Mabu.

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Synonyms: Begonia kummeriae Gilg
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Frequency: Apparently rare.
Status: Native
Annual herb with unbranched ascending stems up to 55 cm high, often rooting at the lower nodes. Leaves more or less ovate in outline, 7-14 cm long, mostly with 5 pointed lobes, cordate at the base, green, hairless or sparsely hispid above, hairless and darker green or reddish beneath; margin shallowly and irregularly toothed; petiole 8-23 cm long; stipules linear up to 20 mm long. Flowers in axillary heads on peduncles 15-30 mm long, unisexual, pale pink. Fruit ellipsoid, 20-30 mm long, not winged, crowned by the long stipe.
Derivation of specific name: oxyloba: with sharp(-ly pointed) lobes.
Habitat: Mostly near waterfalls or forest streams.
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Worldwide distribution: Most of tropical Africa and Madagascar.
Malawi distribution: N
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Content last updated: Friday 4 November 2016

Kupicha, F.K. (1978). Begoniaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 500 - 501.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Begonia oxyloba
African Plant Database: Begonia oxyloba
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Begonia oxyloba
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Begonia oxyloba
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Tropicos: Begonia oxyloba
Wikipedia: Begonia oxyloba

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Begonia oxyloba., retrieved 1 December 2023

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