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  Begonia crenata
 
  Family: BEGONIACEAE
  Citation:  Begonia crenata Dryand., Trans. Linn. Soc. London 1: 164, t.14. 1791; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 651. 1879; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 546(385). 1919; Manilal & Sivar., Fl. Calicut 124. 1982; Ansari, Fl. Kasaragod Div. 180. 1985; Kumar et al., Journ. Econ. Tax. Bot. 26: 140. 2002. Begonia minima Bedd., Madras J. Lit. Sci. ser. 3, 1: 48. 1864 & Ic. t. 110. 1868-1874.
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  Description: Small herbs; roots tuberous; stem usually red, smooth. Leaves simple, alternate, 2.5-6 x 1.5-5 cm, ovate or tri-lobed, acute at apex, cordate at base, doubly crenate at margins, hairy above and glabrous except the nerves beneath. Flowers pinkish, beautifully marked with glistening dots when fresh; peduncles slender. Male flowers: tepals 4, outer one elliptic, 5-5.5 x 4-4.5 mm, cordate at base, obtuse at apex; inner one narrower than the outer, 5 x 2 mm, obtuse at apex; stamens about 15, monadelphous; anthers yellow. Female flowers: tepals 5, the outer elliptic, 5-5.5 x 3.5-4 mm; inner one narrower 5 x 2 mm. Styles usually 3, connate to half way up; sigma reniform. Capsule 6-7 mm long, crowned by accrescent perianth, 3-winged, one smaller than the other two, 2-celled; placenta divided.
  Habit: Herb
  Flowering & Fruiting: August-November
  District(s): Wayanad, Kasaragode, Kozhikkode, Kollam, Kannur
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  Habitat: Banks of streams
  Distribution: Western Ghats
  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: Western Ghats
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  Localities: Taliparamba, Beemanadi
   
 
   
 
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