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Begonia glabra
Aubl., Begoniaceae
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Present on Pacific Islands?  yes

Primarily a threat at high elevations?  no

Habit:  herb

Description:  "Stem scandent, rooting at the nodes, glabrous; stipules persistent, ovate-oblong, setiferous at apex, entire, 10-22 mm. long, petioles 1-8 cm. long, leaf-blades variable, straight, nearly symmetrical, broadly ovate, 4-12 cm. long, short-acuminate, rounded or barely cordate at base, sparsely serrate and ciliate to entire, glabrous; peduncles axillary, 6-12 cm. long; cymes unisexual, many-flowered, diffuse; bracts persistent, minute; pedicels 6-17 mm. long, fine; staminate tepals 4, entire, white, the outer broadly obovate, 3-6 mm. long, the inner narrower; stamens free, few, anthers oblong; pistillate flowers minutely bracteolate; pistillate tepals 5, elliptic, 4-6 mm. long; styles 3, 2-parted, completely covered by stigmatic papillae, placentae simple; capsule erect, ellipsoid, 6-12 mm. long, the largest wing oblong to deltoid, spreading or barely ascending, 10-23 mm. wide, the other two marginiform, very narrow"  (Standley & Williams, 1961; p. 168).

Habitat/ecology:  In Guatemala (native), "Epiphytic and terrestrial in forest, 75-1,300 meters"  (Standley & Williams, 1961; p. 168).

Propagation:  Seed

Native range:  Mexico, West Indies, Central and South America (GRIN).

Presence:

Pacific
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Comments
State of Hawaii
Hawaiian Islands
O‘ahu Island   Bishop Museum (U.S.A. Hawaii. Honolulu.) (1960) (voucher ID: BISH 42878)
Taxon name on voucher: Begonia glabra Aubl.
Pacific Rim
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Comments
Australia
Australia (continental)
Australia (continental) introduced
Randall, R. P. (2007) (p. 69)
Colombia
Colombia
Colombia (Republic of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Costa Rica (Republic of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Ecuador (Mainland)
Ecuador
Ecuador (Republic of) (continental) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Guatemala
Guatemala
Guatemala (Republic of) native
Standley, Paul C./Williams, Louis Otho (1961) (p. 168)
Honduras
Honduras
Honduras (Republic of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Mexico
Mexico
Mexico (United Mexican States) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Chiapas, Hidalgo, Oaxaca, Puebla, Queretaro, Tabasco, Veracruz
Nicaragua
Nicaragua
Nicaragua (Republic of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Panama
Panama
Panama (Republic of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Perú
Perú
Perú (Republic of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)


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This page was created on 11 JUL 2013 and was last updated on 6 AUG 2013.