Begonia comperei R.Wilczek
Begonia klainei Pierre ex Pellegr.
Begonia subfalcata De Wild.
Plant, with seed capsules near the roots
Photograph by: Ehoarn Bidault
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[
The leaves are harvested from the wild for local use as a vegetable.
West tropical Africa - Ghana to Cameroon, south to Gabon and DR Congo.
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[
A very variable species[
Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
]. A pleasant, acid flavour, they are used as a substitute for sorrel (Rumex spp.)[
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