Tuesday, May 23, 2017

[Botany • 2016] Begonia suaviola & B. silverstonii • Two New Species of Begonia (Begoniaceae) from the Colombian Western Cordillera

Begonia suaviola Jara


Two New species of Begonia section Semibegoniella (C.DC) Barkley & Baranov (Begoniaceae) are described from the Colombian Western Cordillera. Illustrations of distinguishing characters, photos of living plants and a key to the Colombian Begonias with tepals fused are included.

Keywords: Begonia suaviolaBegonia silverstonii, Western Cordillera, Eudicots

Begonia suaviola Jara sp. nov.

Etymology:— The epithet come from the Latin word suavium (=kiss), because the common name of this plant in Valle del Cauca is “besito”, the Spanish word for kiss.

Begonia silverstonii Jara sp. nov. 

Etymology:— The epithet honors the botanist Philip A. Silverstone-Sopkin, who has collected and studied intensely the Valle del Cauca flora, from his position in the Herbarium (CUVC) in Cali (Valle del Cauca, Colombia).  

O. A. Jara-Muñoz. 2016. Two New Species of Begonia (Begoniaceae) from the Colombian Western Cordillera. Phytotaxa. 257(1); 81 – 88. DOI: 10.11646/phytotaxa.257.1.6

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