Joseph Begonia
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Joseph Begonia
P Native Photo: Momang Taram
Common name: Joseph Begonia
Botanical name: Begonia josephi    Family: Begoniaceae (Begonia family)

Joseph Begonia is recognized by its leaves where the leaf-stalk attaches to the underside of the leaf-blade, and not the edge. Flowers are rather small 1-1.5 cm across, rose-colored, several borne in branched clusters on leafless stems to 30 cm. Male flowers with the two larger outer petals soon falling off, female flowers with 1-6 petals. Leaf-blades are ovate-pointed or rounded, up to 15 cm, 3-5-lobed or with numerous pointed toothed lobes, nearly hairless; leaf-stalk long. Capsules are hairless, with 3 wings, one wing much longer, up to 2 cm, and with upper margin horizontal. Joseph Begonia plant is very variable in size and habit. Joseph Begonia is found in Nepal to NE India, S. Tibet and Myanmar, at altitudes up to 2600-2800 m. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Momang Taram Photographed in Pasighat, East-Siang distt, Arunachal Pradesh.

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