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This species is accepted, and its native range is N. Malawi.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Plants perennial, 10–20 cm. tall.
Morphology Stem
Stems sparsely to densely crispate-hirsute, erect, unbranched, apparently arising from a small tuber.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves petiolate; lamina 2–4·5 cm. long, ± ovate in outline, simple or very shallowly and obtusely lobed, the margin subentire to finely serrate; superior surface green, ± glabrous to moderately crispate-hirsute, inferior surface green to dark red, moderately to densely crispate-hirsute especially towards the point of attachment, the indumentum continuing along the petiole; petiole 7–20 mm. long; stipules 5–7 × 2–5 mm., linear to ovate, membranous, pinkish, with shortly laciniate margin.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers in terminal and axillary few-flowered cymes; peduncles 1–2 cm. long; primary dichasial branches c. 1 cm. long; peduncles and branches of inflorescence crispate-hirsute. Female flowers: tepals 3, 6–8 mm. long, pink, suborbicular to broadly elliptic, slightly unequal; styles divided to c. 1/2 their length, the branches stigmatic and spirally twisted; ovary ellipsoid, 3-winged; placentae bipartite. Male flowers: tepals 4, pink; outer pair 9–10 × 9–10 mm., ± suborbicular; inner pair 4 × 1·5 mm., narrowly obovate; filaments c. 1 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts similar to stipules.
sex Male
Male flowers: tepals 4, pink; outer pair 9–10 × 9–10 mm., ± suborbicular; inner pair 4 × 1·5 mm., narrowly obovate; filaments c. 1 mm. long.
sex Female
Female flowers: tepals 3, 6–8 mm. long, pink, suborbicular to broadly elliptic, slightly unequal; styles divided to c. 1/2 their length, the branches stigmatic and spirally twisted; ovary ellipsoid, 3-winged; placentae bipartite.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 5–6 × 3·5–5 mm. excluding wings, ellipsoid; wings very unequal, triangular, the largest 4-5 mm. wide with the upper edge ± horizontal, the next a little narrower, the third very narrow; wing extending c. 1 mm. beyond capsule at the base but not all at the apex.

Native to:

Malawi

Begonia rumpiensis Kupicha appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1978 Pawek, J. [7696], Malawi K000285605
Pawek, J. [3088], Malawi K000242756 holotype
Goyder, D.J. [3580], Malawi K000285606
Goyder, D.J. [3590], Malawi K000285603
Pawek, J. [13872], Malawi K000285604

First published in Fl. Zambes. 4: 502 (1978)

Accepted by

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

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