Begonia sutherlandii Hook.f.
subsp. latior (Irmsch.) Kupicha

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Begonia sutherlandii subsp. latior

Riparian forest
Mafinga Mts., Mafinga Distr.
Jan 2022
Photo: Nick Wightman

Begonia sutherlandii subsp. latior

Riparian forest
Mafinga Mts., Mafinga Distr.
Jan 2022
Photo: Nick Wightman

Begonia sutherlandii subsp. latior

Riparian forest
Mafinga Mts., Mafinga Distr.
Jan 2022
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Begonia flava Marais
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb, 10–35 cm. tall. Stems hairless or sparsely hairy, sparingly branched, arising from a large ellipsoid tuber. Leaves ovate to lanceolate in outline, 2·5–14 cm long, sparsely to fairly densely hairy; margin often very shallowly lobed, always strongly serrated; petioles 0·7–8 cm long; stipules ovate-oblong, 4–10 mm long, fimbriate; bulbils sometimes present in leaf-axils. Flowers in terminal and axillary branched inflorescences; peduncles 2–6 cm long; primary branches 1·3–2·5 cm long. Bracts obovate, 4–12 mm long, green, pink or brown, persistent and conspicuous. Flowers unisexual, orange or rarely yellow; male flowers with 4 tepals; female flowers with 5 tepals, ovary oblong, 4·5–9, 3-winged. Capsule ellipsoid or cylindrical, 6–28 mm excluding wings; wings triangular, 6–14 mm wide, subequal.
Type location:
Zambia, Mbala
Derivation of specific name: sutherlandii: after Peter Cormack Sutherland (1822–1900), medical doctor from Aberdeen, Scotland, Surveyor-General of Natal and plant collector in South Africa but also in Canada.
Habitat: In wet rock crevices, deep ravines, near waterfalls.
Altitude range: 910 - 1800 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca):
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N
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Content last updated: Wednesday 9 February 2022

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 270 - 271. as Begonia sutherlandii (Includes a picture).

Kupicha, F.K. (1978). Begoniaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 503 - 505.

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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 35.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 68 - 69. as Begonia sutherlandii (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-22

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2022). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Begonia sutherlandii subsp. latior., retrieved 9 December 2022

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