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Begonia prismatocarpa

Begonia prismatocarpa
Begonia prismatocarpa

Let's see if we can get a small series on plants of Africa going. Thanks again to Eric in SF@Flickr for sharing yet more photographs with BPotD (original 1 | original 2 | BPotD Flickr Group Pool). If you didn't visit Eric's site a few days ago when linked via the Deppea splendens entry, consider doing it now: PlantWorld. Thanks, Eric!

Eric notes that this is one of the smallest-growing Begonia species – the plant in the first photograph is 12cm (5 in.) across, to give an idea of scale.

The genus Begonia is distributed throughout most tropical areas of the world. Like Euphorbia, it is a large genus, consisting of over 1000 different species (to see the diversity of form (particularly in leaf shapes), visit this Begonia photo gallery). Begonia prismatocarpa is native to western tropical Africa, namely Cote d'Ivoire, Cameroon and the Equatorial Guinean island of Bioko, where the species was first encountered by Western explorers. Online scans of herbarium specimens and associated data are available via the Global Biodiversity Information Facility.

The epithet prismatocarpa refers to “prism-shaped fruit”. I haven't been able to find an image of the fruit for this species, but perhaps the fruit of Burdachia prismatocarpa (illustrations m and n) will be sufficiently demonstrative of what is meant by the term.


thank you for this lovely picture
good things do come in small packages
eric has a fine web page

i enjoy the shades of yellow in flowers
some of my favorie orchids are the yellows
and greens wee ones that grow on a tiny piece
of wood
the web and this page has taught me
that are more colors then a red bottle brush
or ixora thank you to eric and daniel

Begonia prismatocarpa - Z10 - RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths
Begonia prismatocarpa - min. 10 degrees C/50 degrees F, A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, Brickell, Cole, Zuk
Begonia, be-go-ne-a; after Michael Begon [1638-1710], a French botanist and Governor of French Canada. Plant Names Simplified, Johnson and Smith & Dictionary of Plant Names, Coombes

Daniel - the triangular young ovary is visible in the lower image at the base of the female flowers. I have not self-pollinated my clone to see the final shape of the fruit.

these are the most beautiful BOT photos i've ever seen. i love the striking contrast of the orange and yellow flowers against the green plant and black background. thank you!

Very pretty. Beautiful photo.

This is really beautiful! I'd love to have one of those. Lovely pictures!

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