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This species is accepted, and its native range is Borneo (Kalimantan).


Girmansyah, D. & Susanti, R. 2015. Two new species of Begonia (Begoniaceae) from Borneo. Kew Bulletin 70: 19. DOI

Type: Indonesia, Central Kalimantan, PT Sari Bumi Kusuma (SBK) Katingan-Seruyan logging concession area, Mentewang hill entered from Km 87 Forest logged in 2000, S00°57'32.5"" – 31.5"", E112°21'32.2"" – 28.8"", c. 283 m alt., 16 Nov. 2011, Deden 1548 (holotype BO!, isotype BO!).
Erect, hairy herb, up to 60 cm tall
Stem woody at base and fleshy near the apex, swollen at nodes, rooting at the nodes, internodes 2 – 7.5 cm apart, shorter nearer the apex, with dense long hairs near to the apex of the stem, becoming glabrous with age near the base, reddish brown
Stipules widely to narrowly triangular, with scattered hairs along the dorsal midvein, with a hair-like appendage at the apex, 0.9 – 1 × 0.4 – 0.5 cm, caducous
Leaves alternate; petioles 0.7 – 1 cm long, sparsely to densely hairy; lamina 15 – 17 × 5 – 10 cm, slightly asymmetric, elliptic-oblong, base unequal, cuneate at one side and rounded the other side, one side extending 4 – 5 mm further down the petiole than the other, broad side 3 – 4.5 cm wide, narrow side 2.5 – 4 cm wide, apex acute to acuminate, margin biserrate with minute hairs at the end of each tooth, upper surface dark green with scattered short hairs on the main vein and between the vein, underside pale green with scattered reddish hairs along the veins, venation pinnate, 8 – 9 pairs, two pairs nearest the base arising opposite, remaining pairs alternate
Inflorescence racemes, peduncle 2 – 4 cm long, male and female flower on the same inflorescences, male flower distal with many flowers and female flowers basal in pairs
Female flowers: pedicels c. 0.3 cm long; tepals 5, unequal, biggest 0.5 × 0.9 cm, smallest 0.3 × 0.6 cm; ovary capsule c. 0.6 – 0.7 × 1 cm, ovoid, locules 3, placentation axile, placentae 2 per locule; wings 3, equal, rounded at the apex, 2 mm wide, stigmas 3, style Y-shaped, 2.5 mm long Male flowers: pedicels 0.4 – 1 cm long, hairy; tepals 2, white with scattered short red hairs on dorsal side, 0.4 – 0.5 × 0.5 – 0.6 cm, rounded to obovate; androecium 0.2 – 0.25 cm diam., cluster globose, stamens c. 20, filaments c. 1 mm long, fused at the base, anthers c. 2 mm long, oblong, dehiscing through unilateral slits c. ½ as long as anther
Fruit: pedicel red hairs, 0.6 – 0.8 cm long; fleshy-walled capsule, ovoid, covered in fleshy bristles, 1 – 1.2 × 0.5 – 0.7 cm, with 3 equal wings, wings 3 mm wide at the widest point, thick fibrous, 2.5 – 4 mm wide, splitting between the locules and wings
Seed ovoid, 0.32 – 0.34 mm long, collar cells more than half of the seed length
Related to Begonia antonyiKiew, differing in the leaf shape (elliptic to oblong, not slightly falcate); number of veins 8 – 9 pairs (vs veins 6 – 7 pairs in B. antonyi); the fruit (ovoid and covered in fleshy bristles, not broadly deltoid and glabrous). The bristly fruit resembles that of B. guttapila D. C. Thomas & Ardi, covered by bristles but is on a longer pedicel (0.6 – 0.8 cm vs 0.1 – 0.2 cm in B. guttapila); and the widest point of the wing is 2.5 – 4 mm (vs 6 – 9 mm). The species is named after the type locality Mentewang hill in West Kalimantan. Begonia mentewangensisis a very distinctive species in section Petermannia with short hairy petioles, lamina with slightly asymmetric leaves and a fleshy-walled capsule. The upper surface of the leaves is dark green with scattered short hairs on the main vein and between the veins, and the undersurface pale green with scattered reddish hairs along the veins.
Only known from two locations in Borneo, km 87 in Mentewang Hill and km 67 in PUP5 Further explorations are necessary to ascertain the status of the species. A preliminary conservation status of Data Deficient (DD) seems appropriate (IUCN 2001).
Terrestrial or sometimes lithophytic herb on thick humus on rock surfaces in mixed lowland and hill Dipterocap forest, frequently along the stream margin in wet and damp places, alt. 300 m.
Begonia mentewangensis is known from two localities about 20 km apart. It is likely to be found in other similar habitat in Borneo and more extensive collections from the region are needed to confirm its

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Begonia mentewangensis Girm. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Kew Bull. 70(2)-19: 1 (2015)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2019). World Checklist of Vascular Plants (WCVP Database) The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


Kew Bulletin

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