Begonia molleri

Begonia molleri is endemic to the 854 km2 (330 sq mi) São Tomé Island, part of Africa’s second least-populous nation (São Tomé and Príncipe). It is one of four species of Begonia endemic to São Tomé Island. An additional species is native to both islands, while three other species which occur on São Tomé Island can also be found on mainland Africa.

Evidence points to this species being a paleoendemic–it is believed to have once had a much broader range, prior to the Pleistocene (see: Plana, V. et al. 2004.

Begonia molleri

4 responses to “Begonia molleri”

  1. wendy

    It seems like even the most obscure country must yield up its flora for our delectation. Even remote jungles have no privacy. Although if you live in the area I suppose you might even resent terms like remote and obscure!
    I often wonder at the very comprehensiveness of the botanical predations of – who, Kew? One cannot fail to remark on the ‘discovery’ and ‘naming’ of plants long known and used in their native countries. I was particularly struck by this once in delving into the classification of camellias….

  2. Souren

    All the same, lovely photo :O)

  3. Sue Vargas

    My husband calls ALL my flowering plants BEGONIAS………

  4. Bill Barnes

    I am a professional horticulturist with endeavors of growing, breeding, writing and speaking. In my travels around the world I have seen merely the tip of the iceberg
    when it comes to the plant world. Those of us who are fortunate to have this as a profession are always amazed at the never ending variety and forms that the plant world affords us. With regards to Begonia’s there are over 150 species in Costa Rica and Panama let alone elsewhere in the world. Some of them are trees. It is truly remarkable, a lifetime of 1000 years would be insufficient to experience it all.

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