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Useful Tropical Plants

Begonia mannii

Hook.f.

Begoniaceae


This species is closely related to Begonia komoensis[
328
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.
].

+ Synonyms

Begonia epiphytica Hook.f.

Begonia excelsa Hook.f.

Begonia ndongensis Engl.

Common Name:

Begonia mannii
A drawing of the leaves and flowers from Curtis's Botanical Magazine, vol. 90 1864
Photograph by: Hooker
Public domain

General Information

Begonia mannii is a scrambling, epiphytic, perennial plant with succulent stems up to 5 metres long that root at the nodes[
328
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 food and medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

West tropical Africa - Sierra Leone to Cameroon, south to Gabon and Congo.

Habitat

Rain-forest, Aframomum thicket; on the lower part of tree trunks up to 8 metres above ground; sometimes scrambling on rocks; stream banks; at elevations up to 1,200 metres[
328
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 *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height1.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
]. An acid flavour, they can be used like sorrel leaves (Rumex spp.)[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Medicinal

The leaves are eaten as a vegetable, and also used as a douche and hip bath, in order to treat inflammation of the vagina and of the uterus. The douche and hi baths are usually in combination with the bark of Cyclodiscus gabonensis[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2021-04-10. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Begonia+mannii>

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