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Begonia cucullata
Willd., Begoniaceae
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Present on Pacific Islands?  yes

Primarily a threat at high elevations?  no

Common name(s): [more details]

English: clubed begonia

French: bégonia, coeur de Jélsus

Spanish: flor de nácar

Habit:  herb

Description:  "Perennial herb, caulescent, stoloniferous, glabrous, 1-10 dm high.  Leaves slightly asymmetric, broadly ovate with the base truncate and usually inrolled, obtuse, palminerved, to 8 cm long, 7 cm wide, crenate-serrate, ciliate, petioles 25 mm long, stipules persistent, oblong, obtuse, 2-3 cm long.  Cymes axillary, few-flowered, peduncle 3-5 cm long.  Bracts persistent, ovate, serrulate, 5 mm long.  Pedicels slender.  Staminate tepals 4, 8-13 mm long, the outer ones suborbicular, the inner smaller and narrowly obovate.  Stamens free, numerous, filaments short, anthers linear.  Pistillate tepals 4-5, obovate.  Styles 3, 2-parted, the stigmatic tissue linear, spiral, continuous, placentae bilamellate.  Capsule 24-30 mm long, unequally 3-winged, the largest wing triangular, subacute, seeds acute in the typical variety" (Macbride, 1941; pp. 187-188).

Habitat/ecology:  (no habitat/ecology info known by PIER)

Propagation:  Seed

Native range:  Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay (GRIN). Peru (Cuzco: Prov. Convención) (Macbride, 1941; pp. 187-188).

Presence:

Pacific
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Comments
Chile (offshore islands)
Juan Fernández Islands
Isla Más a Tierra (Robinson Crusoe Island) introduced
invasive
cultivated
Atkinson, Rachel/Sawyer, John (2011)
Chile (offshore islands)
Juan Fernández Islands
Isla Más a Tierra (Robinson Crusoe Island) introduced
cultivated
Danton, Philippe/Perrier, Christophe/Martinez Reyes, Guido (2006) (pp. 475, 521, 551)
"En RC, son cultivadas en varios jardies del pueblo de San Jan Bautista y algunas matas aún se encuentran en antiguos jardines abandonados". Voucher cited: Danton I(5/253)1586
State of Hawaii
Hawaiian Islands
Hawai‘i (Big) Island introduced
invasive
Lorence, David H./Flynn, Timothy W./Wagner, Warren L. (1995) (p. 25)
Voucher cited: W.L. Wagner et al. 5941 (BISH, PTBG, US)
Naturalized
State of Hawaii
Hawaiian Islands
Kaua‘i Island introduced
invasive
Lorence, David H./Flynn, Timothy W./Wagner, Warren L. (1995) (p. 25)
Voucher cited: D. Lorence et al. 5808 (BISH, MO, PTBG, US)
Naturalized
Pacific Rim
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Comments
China
China
Hong Kong introduced
cultivated
Wu, Te-lin (2001) (p. 107)
Ornamental.
Singapore
Singapore
Singapore (Republic of) introduced
cultivated
Chong, Kwek Yan/Tan, Hugh T. W./Corlett, Richard T. (2009) (p. 18)
Cultivated only
Indian Ocean
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Comments
La Réunion (France)
La Réunion Island
La Réunion Island introduced
invasive
MacDonald, I. A. W./Thebaud, C./Strahm, W. A./Strasberg, D. (1991) (pp. 51-61)
La Réunion (France)
La Réunion Island
La Réunion Island introduced
invasive
Lavergne, Christophe (2006)
"Envahissant"
La Réunion (France)
La Réunion Island
La Réunion Island introduced
invasive
Baret, Stephane/Rouget, Mathieu/Richardson, David M./Lavergne, Christophe/Egoh, Benis/Dupont, Joel/Strasberg, Dominique (2006) (p. 758)
Also reported from
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Comments
United States (continental except west coast)
United States (other states)
United States (other states) introduced
U.S. Dept. Agr., Nat. Res. Cons. Serv. (2013)
Georgia
United States (continental except west coast)
United States (other states)
USA (Florida) introduced
U.S. Dept. Agr., Nat. Res. Cons. Serv. (2013)


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