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  Begonia trichocarpa
 
  Family: BEGONIACEAE
  Citation:  Begonia trichocarpa Dalz. in Hook.'s J. Bot. Kew Gard. Misc. 3: 230. 1851; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 653. 1879; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 546(386). 1919; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 159. 1998; Kumar et al., Journ. Econ. Tax. Bot. 26: 137. 2002.
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  Description: Large herbs; stem reddish, flaccid, sub-erect, hispid. Leaves simple, alternate, 8 x 3 cm, ovate-oblong, acuminate, obliquely cordate at base, hirtus, membranous, 5-nerved from the base; petiole 1-3 cm long, hispid; stipule 6 x 2 mm, lanceolate. Cymes 2 cm across, lateral; peduncle 1-2 cm long, flowers 1-3 together. Male flowers: tepals 4, outer 5 x 7 mm, hispid; inner smaller, curved, glabrous. Female flowers: tepals 4 or 5, similar to male flowers; ovary hispid, 3-locular, placenta single, styles 3, each divided in to two branches at apex. Capsule 1 x 2 cm obovate, truncate at apex, wings acute above, subequal; seeds minute, many, hexagonal.
  Habit: Herb
  Flowering & Fruiting: August-December
  District(s): Idukki, Kottayam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kannur
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Evergreen and semi-evergreen forests
  Distribution: Western Ghats
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): White
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to: Western Ghats
  IUCN status: Vulnerable (VU)
  Altitude:
  Localities: Poringal, Koruthode
   
 
   
 
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