Begonia sonderiana Irmsch.

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Begonia sonderiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau below Nhanhore peak, Mt Gorongosa

Begonia sonderiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau below Nhanhore peak, Mt Gorongosa

Begonia sonderiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau below Nhanhore peak, Mt Gorongosa

Begonia sonderiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa.

Begonia sonderiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Northern slopes below Mt Dombe, Chimanimani Mts

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Status: Native
More or less erect perennial herb, 40 -100 cm tall. Leaves asymmetrical, glabrous, 5-17 cm long, ovate in outline, with more or less distinct triangular lobes; margin irregularly dentate. Flowers in lax terminal inflorescences, pale to bright pink. Fruit a deep reddish pink capsule with 3 distinct, more or less fleshy wings.
Derivation of specific name: sonderiana: most likely named after Otto Wilhelm Sonder (1812-1881), German botanist, algologist and pharmacist. He is co-author of the first three volumes of Flora Capensis.
Habitat: In moist montane areas, often in the shelter of rocks.
Altitude range: 1390 - 2000 m
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Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: MS
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Content last updated: Sunday 25 May 2014

Goodier, R. & Phipps, J.B. (1961). A revised checklist of the vascular plants of the Chimanimani Mountains Kirkia 1 Page 59. in error as Begonia natalensis

Kupicha, F.K. (1978). Begoniaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Page 502. As Begonia sonderana

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 29.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 90.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Begonia sonderiana., retrieved 28 May 2022

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