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A new species of fleshy-fruited Begonia (Begoniaceae) from the Masoala Peninsula, Madagascar

Mark HUGHES

en Adansonia 33 (1) - Pages 81-85

Published on 30 June 2011

A new species of Begonia (B. masoalaensis M.Hughes, sp. nov.) is described from the Masoala Peninsula in north-east Madagascar. The species has fleshy fruit, but bears no other similarity to other fleshy fruited Begonia from Madagascar, and hence probably represents a secondary acquisition of this character, possibly to facilitate zoochory. Begonia masoalaensis possesses an unusual spicate inflorescence architecture, derived from a highly modified monochasial cyme. It is considered to be in the “Vulnerable” IUCN Red List category (VUD2).

Keywords :

Begoniaceae, Begonia, Madagascar, fleshy fruit, new species

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