Rediscovery and amended descriptions of Begonia kingdon-wardii (Begoniaceae) from North Myanmar

Wen-Hong Chen1, Xiao-Hua Jin2,3, Yu-Min Shui1,3

1 Key Laboratory for Plant Diversity and Biogeography of East Asia, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming 650201, Yunnan, China 

2 Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100093, China 3 Southeast Asia Biodiversity Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yezin, Nay Pyi Taw 05282, Myanmar

Corresponding author: Yu-Min Shui (

PubYear : 2018

Volume: 94

Publication Name: PhytoKeys

Page number: 59-64

Abstract: Begonia kingdon-wardii Tebbitt was rediscovered in 2014 from Myanmar after 67 years based on its last collection in 1937. Its previously unknown female flower and inaccurate morphology of leaf and ovary have been additionally described. This species belongs to Begonia sect. Sphenanthera (Hassk.) Warb. due to its dioecious habit, 3-locular ovary, berry fruits and thick placenta segments. Morphologically, it is similar to Begonia gulinqingensis S. H. Huang & Y. M. Shui in the leaf shape, placentation and fruit shape, but different in its dioecious plants, pliciform leaves, two-petalled female flowers and berry fruits. The rediscovery of this amazing living species will attract significant interest for scientific research and horticultural application.

Keywords: Begonia, Begonia kingdon-wardii, Begonia sect. Sphenanthera, Myanmar, Rediscovery