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This species is accepted, and its native range is SE. Kenya to Tanzania.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium


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

Type: (not mentioned in protologue) Kenya, ‘nyika country’, Wakefield via Grant s.n. (K!, lecto. chosen here) .
Morphology General 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.
Morphology Leaves Stipules
Stipules persistent, triangular, 2–9 mm long, with entire margins.
Morphology 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.
Morphology Reproductive morphology 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.
Morphology Reproductive morphology 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.
Morphology Reproductive morphology 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.
Forest or coastal evergreen bushland, rarely miombo woodland; within these vegetation types often on shaded rock or steep banks; 60–1500 m.
Data Deficient (DD) as number and size of populations are unknown.
The form described by Irmscher is hardly distinct.
Flora districts: K7 T3 T4 T6 T7 T8 Range: Not known elsewhere

Native to:

Kenya, Tanzania

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Lovett, J. [272], Tanzania 48556.000
Drummond, R.B. [3478], Tanzania 9980.000
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.


Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • E.J. 81: 127 (1961).
  • Veg. Erde 9: 620 (1921)

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa

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