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Useful Tropical Plants

Begonia hirsutula

Hook.f.

Begoniaceae

+ Synonyms

Begonia comperei R.Wilczek

Begonia klainei Pierre ex Pellegr.

Begonia subfalcata De Wild.

Common Name:

Begonia hirsutula
Plant, with seed capsules near the roots
Photograph by: Ehoarn Bidault
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Begonia hirsutula Begonia hirsutula Begonia hirsutula

General Information

Begonia hirsutula is a perennial plant with a stout elongated, rather smooth, woody rhizome 1 - 8mm long. The rhizome is directed upwards at the apex, forming a stem up to 3cm long[
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Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
].
The leaves are harvested from the wild for local use as a vegetable.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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Title
Flora of Tropical Africa Vol 1 - 8
Publication
 
Author
Var
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
L.Reeve & Co.; Ashford, Kent.
Year
1868 - 1917
ISBN
 
Description
Very little information on habitat, range and uses, but gives good descriptions of the plants. It can be downloaded from the internet.

Range

West tropical Africa - Ghana to Cameroon, south to Gabon and DR Congo.

Habitat

Evergreen, or rarely semi-deciduous forest, swamp or rain-forest (coastal); on level ground to very steep slopes, clayey to sandy soil, on rock faces, trunks; at elevations up to 1,000 metres[
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Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.03 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



A very variable species[
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Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
].

Edible Uses

Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. A pleasant, acid flavour, they are used as a substitute for sorrel (Rumex spp.)[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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