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Genus: Begonia

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid I > Order: Cucurbitales > Family: Begoniaceae

About 1400 species, most of them native to tropical America and Asia but also found in Africa; 13 species are native to southern Africa, and an additional 21 species and two hybrids cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Begonia buttonii

 

Begonia caffra

 

Begonia coccinea

 

Begonia dissecta

 

Begonia dregei

Begonia geranioides

 

Begonia hirtella

 

Begonia homonyma

 

Begonia natalensis

 

Begonia richardsiana

 

Begonia sonderiana

Begonia suffruticosa

 

Begonia sutherlandii

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Begonia bunchii

 

Begonia coccinea

Native to Brazil.

 

Begonia corallina

 

Begonia conchifolia

Native to Costa Rica and Panama.

 

Begonia cubensis

Native to Cuba.

 

Begonia cucullata

Native from Brazil to Argentina. See McLellan et al. (1994).

 

Begonia eminii

Native to tropical Africa.

 

Begonia foliosa

Native from Venezuela to Ecuador.

 

Begonia hemsleyana

Native to China.

 

Begonia hispida

Native to Brazil.

 

Begonia imperialis

Native to Mexico.

 

Begonia incarnata

Native to Mexico.

 

Begonia luxurians

Native to Brazil.

 

Begonia macrocarpa

Native to tropical Africa.

 

Begonia manicata

Native to Mexico.

 

Begonia phyllomaniaca

Native to Brazil.

 

Begonia pustulata

 

Begonia rex

Native to India.

 

Begonia sanguinea

Native to Brazil.

 

Begonia scharffiana

Native to Brazil.

 

Begonia wallichiana

Native to Mexico.

 

Begonia x ricinifolia

 

Begonia x semperflorens

 

Publications

  • Bredenkamp, C.L. 2000. Begoniaceae. In: Seed Plants of Southern Africa (ed. O.A. Leistner). Strelitzia 10: 174. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated plants of southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.

  • Hilliard, O.M. 1976. Begoniaceae. Flora of Southern Africa 22: 137-144.

  • McLellan, T. 1990. Development of differences in leaf shape in Begonia dregei (Begoniaceae). American Journal of Botany 77: 323337.
  • McLellan, T. 1993. The roles of heterochrony and heteroblasty in the diversification of leaf shapes in Begonia dregei (Begoniaceae). American Journal of Botany 80: 796804.
  • McLellan, T., Cloete, E.C. & Bosa, A.J.N. 1994. Naturalization of Begonia cucullata in the Port St. Johns area, Transkei. South African Journal of Botany 60: 136137.
  • McLellan, T. & Dengler, N.G. 1995. Pattern and form of repeated elements in the development of simple leaves of Begonia dregei. International Journal of Plant Sciences 156: 581589.
 

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