1. Family: Begoniaceae C.Agardh
    1. Genus: Begonia L.
      1. Begonia wakefieldii Gilg ex Engl.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is SE. Kenya to Tanzania.

    [FTEA]

    Begoniaceae, Vanessa Plana, Martin J.S. Sands & Henk J. Beentje. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2006

    Type
    Type: (not mentioned in protologue) Kenya, ‘nyika country’, Wakefield via Grant s.n. (K!, lecto. chosen here) .
    Habit
    Erect annual or short-lived perennial herb, terrestrial or on rock, 8–30 cm high, rather succulent, with short creeping rhizome or (fide Gilbert 6016) a small subspherical tuber; stems fleshy, pink or green, glabrous.
    Stipules
    Stipules persistent, triangular, 2–9 mm long, with entire margins.
    Leaves
    Leaves green on both sides, rarely pink beneath, slightly fleshy, broadly ovate, strongly asymmetric, 4–12 × 2–10.5 cm, base cordate, margins crenatedentate and often slightly lobed, apex acute to slightly attenuate, glabrous or pilose above; venation ± palmate; petiole green, 1.5–14 cm long.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence bisexual, in lax terminal cymes of 2–5 flowers; peduncle 1–6 cm long; bracts conspicuous, caducous at length, ovate to obovate, 3–5 mm long, apex rounded; pedicels 5–10 mm long.
    Flowers
    Male flowers: tepals 4, pale pink (rarely white), the outer suborbicular or broadly elliptic, 5–9 × 4–8 mm, the inner elliptic to spatulate, 4–6 × 2–3 mm long; stamens 28–34, filaments 0.8–2 mm long, anthers ellipsoid, ± 1 mm long. Female flowers: tepals 5, pale pink or rarely white, the outer elliptic, 5–8 × 2–5.5 mm, the inner slightly narrower; ovary ellipsoid, 6–7.5 × 3.5–4 mm, 3-locular, 3-winged; placentation axile; styles three, persistent, divided about halfway, the branches twisted, with a spiral stigmatic band.
    Fruits
    Fruit an ovoid capsule, 7–13 × 4–5.5 mm excluding the wings; wings unequal, the largest triangular, 7–17 mm wide, the 2 smaller ones to 3 mm wide; dehiscence along the junction with the wing or by breaking up at the loculus wall near the wings.
    Ecology
    Forest or coastal evergreen bushland, rarely miombo woodland; within these vegetation types often on shaded rock or steep banks; 60–1500 m.
    Conservation
    Data Deficient (DD) as number and size of populations are unknown.
    Note
    The form described by Irmscher is hardly distinct.
    Distribution
    Flora districts: K7 T3 T4 T6 T7 T8 Range: Not known elsewhere

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Tanzania

    Begonia wakefieldii Gilg ex Engl. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Drummond, R.B. [3478], Tanzania 9980.000
    Lovett, J. [272], Tanzania 48556.000
    Wakefield, T. K000242769 Unknown type material

    First published in H.G.A.Engler & C.G.O.Drude, Veg. Erde 9(III 2): 620 (1921)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. MIM, Deurne.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • E.J. 81: 127 (1961).
    • Veg. Erde 9: 620 (1921)

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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