Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Cucurbitales

Begoniaceae - Begonia family

Kupicha, F.K. (1978) Begoniaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4

Description of the family

Monoecious herbs or subshrubs, usually fleshy. Leaves alternate, simple, often asymmetric. Stipules present. Flowers ± zygomorphic, in terminal axillary cymes; sepals and petals not distinguished (and hence referred to as tepals). Male flowers: tepals 2-5; stamens numerous; female flowers: tepals 2-5(-9), ovary inferior, usually angled or winged; styles 2-6. Fruit a capsule or berry.

Worldwide: 2 genera and c.900 species, tropical and warm areas.

Zimbabwe: 1 genus and 3 taxa.

Begonia sonderiana

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Begonia L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Begoniaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Begoniaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Begoniaceae
Flora of Zambia: Begoniaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Begoniaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Begoniaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-15

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2015). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Begoniaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=32, retrieved 7 October 2015

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