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  Begonia cordifolia
 
  Family: BEGONIACEAE
  Citation:  Begonia cordifolia (Wight) Thw., Enum. Pl. Zeyl. 129. 1859; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 641. 1879; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 546(385). 1919; Pandura. & V.J. Nair, Journ. Econ. Tax. Bot. 17: 174. 1993; Sasidh., Fl. Shenduruny WLS 137. 1997; Kumar et al., Journ. Econ. Tax. Bot. 26: 137. 2002. Diploclinium cordifolium Wight, Ic. t. 1816. 1852.
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  Description: Perennial acaulescent herbs; rhizomes subterranean, horizontal. Leaves 6-20 x 4-23 cm, ovate or rotundate, deeply cordate at base, acute to obtuse or emarginate at apex, crenate-dentate at margins, sparsely pilose and blotched above; petiole erect to ascending 5-35 cm long, pinkish. Scapes a few per axils bearing up to 10 flowers. Male flowers: tepals 4, the outer rotundate, to 15 mm wide, trunctate or cordate at base, inner oblanceolate, rounded at apex; stamens about 45, connate at base. Female flowers: tepals 5, but rarely two of them are wanting, semi-persistent in capsule, outer paid rotundate, to 17 mm wide, glabrous, inner unequal, 12 x 5 mm, obovate to oblong. Ovary 6-20 x 5-15 mm including wings; style 3, connate at base; stigma papillose. Capsule thick, whitish.
  Habit: Herb
  Flowering & Fruiting: June-December
  District(s): Kollam, Pathanamthitta
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Evergreen forests
  Distribution: India and Sri Lanka
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Pink
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status: Near Threatened (NT)
  Altitude: 600-1200
  Localities: Kattalappara, Kulathupuzha, Kulamavu
   
 
   
 
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