Begonia hirtella Link
Link, J.H.F. (1822) Enumeratio Plantarum Horti Regii Berolinensis Altera. Berlin 2: 296. Type: Bras.
Brazilian begonia; Begonia
Fibrous-rooted, short-lived perennial herbs 10-60 cm tall; stems red-tinged, erect, branched and covered with long flexuous hairs, especially when younger.
Leaves widely spaced, membranous, blades oblique to the petioles, reniform-ovate, 3-11 x )2-4 cm, upper surface sparsely hirtellous, lower surface sparsely hirtellous only along the secondary veins, margins irregularly shallowly toothed and ciliate; petioles reddish, 1.5-7 cm long, stipules lanceolate-oblong, 0.7-1.1 cm long, conspicuously long-ciliate, persistent.
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An introduced species originally from South America now naturalised in NEQ. Altitudinal range from 30-100 m. Grows in margin of rainforest and along creeks in rainforest.
A popular garden plant in tropical areas.