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Six new species of Begonia (Begoniaceae) from limestone areas in Northern Vietnam

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Species of Begonia are richly represented in limestone karst areas across the Sino-Vietnamese border. More than one hundred species were known, many of which were documented recently. In continuation of our systematic studies of Asian Begonia, we report six species of Begonia that are unknown to science, namely B. caobangensis [sect. Platycentrum], B. circularis, B. melanobullata, B. langsonensis, B.locii and B. montaniformis [sect. Coelocentrum] from Northern Vietnam. Diagnostic features that separate them from morphologically allied species are provided. Somatic chromosome numbers were determined, which supports their placement in the respective sections. Foliar SEM microphotographs were taken and described.

Background

Begonia sect. Coelocentrum is richly represented in limestone karst areas across the Sino-Vietnamese border region, comprising more than 60 species (Peng et al. [2014a], Chung et al. [2014]). Nearly half of the species in sect. Coelocentrum were discovered in the past decade (Chung et al., [2014]; Peng et al. [2013], [2014a]), mostly from southern China. The area from South China to North Vietnam harbors very high levels of biodiversity (Sodhi et al. [2004]). Recently, Averyanov and Nguyen ([2012]) documented ten new species of Begonia from Vietnam and one new species from Laos. They also estimated the total actual number of Begonia species in eastern Indochina to be 180–200 species. It seems reasonable to speculate that there are more species of Begonia sect. Coelocentrum to be discovered in the future. In this study we report five new species of sect. Coelocentrum from Vietnam, some with very handsome maculation pattern and/or attractive leaf texture and an unusual new species of sect. Platycentrum with lanceolate and symmetric leaves. Detailed morphological descriptions, line drawings, color plates and foliar SEM microphotographs are provided, and chromosome numbers are reported.

Methods

Chromosome preparations

Somatic chromosomes were studied for plants of Begonia caobangensis (Peng 23895, HAST), B. circularis (Peng 22610, HAST), B. melanobullata (Peng 22609, HAST), B. langsonensis (Peng 21946, HAST), B. locii (Peng 21943, HAST) and B. montaniformis (Peng 24609, 24610, 24613, HAST) using root tips. The procedures of pretreatment, fixation, and staining for chromosome observations were described in our previous paper (Peng et al. [2014b]). Classification of the chromosome complements based on centromere position at mitotic metaphase followed Levan et al. ([1964]). Voucher specimens of all new species were deposited in the Herbarium of the Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica (HAST).

Cryo scanning electron microscopy

Fresh leaves of Begonia caobangensis, B. circularis, B. melanobullata, B. langsonensis, B. locii and B. montaniformis were dissected and attached to a stub. The samples were frozen with liquid nitrogen slush, then transferred to a sample preparation chamber at −160°C and etched for 15 min at −85°C. After etching, the temperature reached −130°C for sample fracturing and coating. After coating, the samples were transferred to the SEM chamber and observed at −190°C with a cryo scanning electron microscope (FEI Quanta 200 SEM/Quorum Cryo System PP2000TR FEI).

Results and discussion

Species description

1.Begonia caobangensis C.-I Peng & C. W. Lin, sp. nov. (sect. Platycentrum)

TYPE: VIETNAM. Cao Bang Province, Tra Linh District, Thang Hen Lake, elev. ca. 1000 m. Growing as solitary plants on soil slope of 30° in forest with light to medium shade, plant not situated in proximity to the water but in drier area up the bank. Originally collected by Ms. Mary Sizemore on 19 May 2005 and distributed to American Begonia Society as Begonia U555. Type specimens pressed from plants cultivated in the experimental greenhouse in Academia Sinica, Taiwan, 9 June 2014, Peng 23895 (holotype: HAST; isotypes: A, E, HN) (Figures 1 and 2).

 

Figure 1. Begonia caobangensis C.-I Peng & C. W. Lin.
A. Habit; B. Stipule, abaxial view; C. Bract; D, D’, D”. Staminate flowers; E. Androecium; F, G, H. Stamens; I, I’. Pistillate flowers; J, J’. Style and stigmatic band; K. Capsule; L. Cross section of an immature capsule. All from Peng 23895 (HAST).

 

Figure 2. Begonia caobangensis C.-I Peng & C. W. Lin.
A. Habit; B. Blade, abaxial view with an inflorescence; C. Winged petiole; D. Cross section of petiole; E. Infolded juvenile leaves; F, G. Portion of leaf, adaxial and abaxial surface; H. Stipules on rhizome; I. Inflorescence, showing pistillate flowers; J. Bracts; K, L. Staminate flowers; M, N. Pistillate flowers; O. Cross section of an immature capsule; P. Capsule. All from Peng 23895 (HAST).

Herbs, monoecious, perennial, rhizomatous. Rhizome creeping, 1–2 cm thick, internodes 0.2–0.5 cm long, minutely appressed tomentose. Stipules deciduous, reddish, ovate, 2–2.5 cm long, 0.7–1 cm wide, keeled, abaxially minutely appressed tomentose, sometimes puberulous along midrib, margin denticulate, apex aristate, arista ca. 1 mm long. Petioles reddish to crimson, flat front, rounded back (D-shaped in cross section), 3.5–8 (−10) cm long, 0.5–0.7 cm thick, minutely appressed tomentose to glabrous, narrowly winged on both sides, wings 1–2.5 mm wide. Leaves alternate, adaxially lime green, abaxially reddish to crimson, juvenile blade folding inward, mature blade flat, symmetric, narrowly elliptic to elliptic or slightly rhomboid, (8−) 11–21.5 cm long, 3.9–7.3 cm wide, apex acuminate, base attenuate, margin repand to sparsely denticulate, chartaceous to thinly coriaceous, glabrous (minutely appressed tomentose on young leaves), venation 6–8-pinnate on each side of the midrib, secondary veins branching dichotomously or nearly so, tertiary veins weakly percurrent. Inflorescences terminal or axillary on upper nodes, cymes dichasial, branched 3–4 times; peduncle 8–12 cm long, tomentose or subglabrous; bracts and bracteoles caducous, reddish, bracts ovate, ca. 1.8 cm long, 0.6–0.9 cm wide, boat-shaped, veins crimson, margin denticulate or ciliate, bracteoles similar but smaller. Staminate flower: pedicel 1.3–2.1 cm long, tepals 4, outer 2 broadly ovate, 12–18 mm long, 10–17 mm wide, abaxially reddish, sparsely setulose, inner 2 pinkish, obovate, 13–16 mm long, 6–8 mm wide; androecium actinomorphic, spheric, 6–8 mm across; stamens 85–120; anthers yellow, slightly compressed, lanceolate to oblanceolate, apex obtuse to retuse, ca. 2.5 mm long; filaments shorter than anthers, slightly fused at base. Pistillate flower: pedicel 1.2–1.8 cm long, tepals 6, pinkish-white, outer 3 obovate to elliptic, 8–14 mm long, 6–9 mm wide, inner 3 oblong to narrowly elliptic,9–18 mm long, 4–6.5 mm wide; ovary reddish, trigonous-ellipsoid, 12–15 mm long, 4–5 mm thick (wings excluded), 3-winged, wings unequal, reddish-yellow, each tipped with several succulent bristles 2–4 mm long; the 2 lateral wings 5.5–8 mm wide, shallowly triangular, verrucose, abaxial wing crescent-shaped, 10–13 mm wide; styles 2, fused at base, yellow, ca. 5 mm long, stigma strongly undulate and spirally twisted. Capsule trigonous-ellipsoid, 18–25 mm long, 4–7 mm thick (wings excluded), greenish or reddish when fresh; wings unequal, lateral wings 7–15 mm wide, abaxial wing crescent-shaped, 20–25 mm wide. Somatic chromosome number, 2n = 22.

Distribution and ecology

Northern Vietnam, around Thang Hen Lake, Tra Linh District, Cao Bang Province (Figure 3). Situated among limestone mountains, near the border of Vietnam and China. Growing on soil slope in evergreen broad-leaved forest, in light shade, at ca.1,000 m in elevation (Mary Sizemore, pers. comm.). Begonia caobangensis occurs also in Tuyen Quang province (Trinh Ngoc Bon, pers. comm.), which is adjacent to the southwest border of Cao Bang.

Figure 3. Distribution map of 
Begonia caobangensis (open circle), B. circularis (Inverted solid triangle), B. langsonensis (open triangle), B. locii (solid circle), B. melanobullata (square) and B. montaniformis (star) in Northern Vietnam.

Etymology

The specific epithet refers to the locality of the type collection.

Notes

Begonia caobangensis resembles B. aequilateralis Irmsch., also a member of sect. Platycentrum, in having symmetric and elliptic leaves. However, B. caobangensis is markedly distinct in many other features such as blade base decurrent (vs. obtuse to cuneate), narrowly winged (vs. not winged) petiole, presence (vs. lacking) of the succulent bristles at tips of ovary wings and pistillate tepals 6 (vs. 5). A comparison of the two species is presented in Table 1. The combination of symmetric leaves, 6-tepalled pistillate flowers and the succulent bristles at tips of ovary wings make it a unique species in sect. Platycentrum.

Table 1. Comparison of Begonia caobangensis and B. aequilateralis

B. caobangensisB. aequilateralis
Stipule
 Size (cm)2–2.5 × 0.7–11 × 0.3
PetioleNarrowly wingedNot winged
Leaf
 BaseDecurrentObtuse to cuneate
Staminate flower
 Tepal size (mm)Outer 10–12 × 4–8, inner 7–15 × 2–6Outer 12–18 × 10–17, inner 13–16 × 6–8
Pistillate flower
 Tepal number65
 Tepal size (mm)Outer 8–14 × 6–9, inner 9–18 × 4–6.5Outer 13–17 × 5–7.5, inner 10–14 × 5–7
 Ovary size, wings excluded (mm)12–15 × 4–5Ca. 8 × 3
 Wings on ovary bodyLateral wings 5.5–8 mm wide, abaxial wing 10–13 mm wideLateral wings ca. 4 mm wide, abaxial wing ca. 7 mm wide
 Tip of wingsWith succulent bristlesGlabrous
DistributionNorthern VietnamMalay peninsula

2. Begonia circularis C.-I Peng & C. W. Lin, sp. nov. (sect. Coelocentrum)

TYPE: VIETNAM. Cao Bang Province, Thach An District, N 22°30’49”, E 106°22’40”. Seeds collected and presented by Mr. Etsuo Kobayashi. Type collection made from plants raised from seeds, 7 July 2014, Peng 22610 (holotype: HAST) (Figures 4 and 5).

 

Figure 4. Begonia circularis C.-I Peng & C. W. Lin.
A. Habit; B, B’. Portion of leaf, abaxial and adaxial surface; C. Stipule, abaxial view; D, D’. Bract and bracteole; E, E’. Staminate flowers; F. Androecium; G, G’, G”. Stamen; H, H’. Pistillate flowers; I, I’, I”. Style and stigmatic band; J. Serial cross sections of an immature capsule; K. Capsule. All from Peng 22610 (HAST).

 

Figure 5. Begonia circularis C.-I Peng & C. W. Lin.
A, B. Habitat; C. Habit; D, Leaf; E, F. Portion of leaf, adaxial and abaxial surface; G. Petiole; H. Bract; I. Inflorescence; J. Staminate flowers; K. Pistillate flowers; L. Capsule; M. Serial cross section of immature capsule, N. Same, closer view. All from Peng 22610 (HAST).

Herb, monoecious, rhizomatous. Rhizome stout, creeping, 1.2–2 cm thick, internodes congested, villous near the petiole insertion. Stipules deciduous, reddish, ovate-triangular, ca.1 cm long, 0.8 cm wide, strongly keeled, abaxially villous along midrib, apex aristate, arista ca. 0.5 cm long. Petioles red to reddish-green, terete, 5–9.5 (−14) cm long, 0.6–0.8 cm thick, densely pinkish villous. Leaves alternate; blade asymmetric, widely ovate to widely elliptic, 13.5–21 cm long, 9.5–17 cm wide, broad side 6–10 cm wide, basal lobes cordate, 4.8–7.5 cm, apex caudate, base strongly oblique-cordate, margin repand to denticulate, thickly chartaceous, densely magenta hispid, surface slightly rugose between veins, adaxially olive-green to dark green, embellished with a wide silvery green to lemon green ring and adorned with small similar-colored patches between primary palmate veins; abaxially reddish to pale magenta, with a ring of pale green corresponding to the pattern on adaxial surface; venation palmate with 6–8 primary veins, midrib distinct, with 2 or 3 secondary veins on each side, secondary veins branching dichotomously or nearly so, tertiary veins weakly percurrent or reticulate; all venation prominently raised and densely magenta hispid abaxially. Inflorescences axillary, dichasial cymes branched 3–5 times; peduncle 9.5–16 cm long, subglabrous; bracts and bracteoles caducous, reddish, oblong to ovate, ca. 0.8 cm long, 0.25–0.4 cm wide, boat-shaped, margin sparsely shortly fimbriate, bracteoles similar but smaller. Staminate flower: pedicel 0.9–2 cm long, tepals 4, outer 2 broadly ovate, 14–19 mm long, 13–16 mm wide, abaxially reddish, sparsely red setulose to glabrous, inner 2 oblanceolate, pinkish to white, 10–13 mm long, 2–4.5 mm wide; androecium zygomorphic, golfclub-shaped, ca. 5 mm across; stamens 45–65; anthers yellow, slightly compressed, obovate, ca. 1.3 mm long, apex retuse, filaments longer than anthers, slightly fused at base. Pistillate flower: pedicel 0.7–1 cm long, tepals 3, pinkish-white, outer 2 widely obovate to orbicular, 7–17 mm long, 8–13 mm wide, inner 1 narrowly elliptic, 5–12 mm long, 3–4 mm wide; ovary reddish, trigonous-ellipsoid, 6–10 mm long, 3–4 mm thick (wings excluded), with sparse sessile or subsessile glands, 3-winged, wings unequal, reddish-yellow, shallowly triangular, sparse subsessile-glandular, lateral wings 2–4 mm wide; abaxial wing crescent-shaped, entire, 6–10 mm wide; styles 3, fused at base, yellow, ca. 4 mm long, stigma spirally twisted. Capsule trigonous-ellipsoid, 10–17 mm long, 4–9 mm thick (wings excluded), reddish when fresh; wings unequal, shallowly triangular, lateral wings ca. 5 mm wide, abaxial wing 7–17 mm wide. Somatic chromosome number, 2n = 30.

Distribution and ecology

Endemic to Thach An District, Cao Bang Province, Vietnam (Figure 3), near the border between Vietnam and China. Growing in cracks of mossy rocks on semi-shaded limestone cliffs in evergreen broad-leaved forest, elevation ca. 600 m.

Etymology

The specific epithet refers to the circular foliar variegation of the new species.

Notes

Begonia circularis somewhat resembles B. lanternaria Irmsch. and B. picturata Yan Liu, S. M. Ku & C.-I Peng (SW Guangxi, China), all members of sect. Coelocentrum, in the variegated foliage. A comparison of salient features of the three species is shown in Table 2.

Table 2. Camparison of Begonia circularis with B. lanternaria and B. picturata

B. circularisB. lanternariaB. picturata(Liu et al.[2005:]figures one and two)
Leaf
 MaculationA pale ring ca. 1.5–2 cm from the margin against a dark green backgroundWith digitate, green or dark green bands along major veins and leaf marginWith digitate, dark brown bands along major veins and leaf margin
 Adaxial surfaceHispidPuberulousVillous-setose or tomentose-setose, bullate at base
 Abaxial surfaceHispid on all veinsVillous on major veinsDensely shortly villous, particularly on veins
Bract
 ShapeOblong to ovate, boat-shaped, margin sparsely shortly fimbriateElliptic to broadly-ovate, margin glandulose-ciliateOvate, oblong to rounded, margin ciliate
 Length (mm)6–10 × 2.5–45–9 × 4–6.54.5–15 × 4.5–8
Male flower
 Outer tepal size (mm)14–19 × 13–167–9 × 6–814–22 × 14–17
 Inner tepal size (mm)10–13 × 2–45.5–6 × 2–310–19 × 4.–5.5
 Vestiture on outer tepalsSparsely setulose to glabrousGlandulose-piloseVillous-setose
Female flower
 OvaryWith minute sessile glandsGlandulose-piloseVillous-setose or hispid-setose
 Wings on ovaryDeltateCrescent-shapedCrescent-shaped
 

3. Begonia melanobullata C.-I Peng & C. W. Lin, sp. nov. (sect. Coelocentrum)

TYPE: VIETNAM. Cao Bang Province, Thach An District, N 22°31’23”, E 106°20’41”. Living collection made on June 29, 2010; type specimens pressed from plants cultivated in the experimental greenhouse in Academia Sinica, Taiwan, 22 April 2014, Ching-I Peng 22609 (holotype: HAST; isotypes: E, HN) (Figures 6 and 7).

 

Figure 6. Begonia melanobullata C.-I Peng & C. W. Lin.
A. Habit; B. Cross section of leaf, showing bullae; C, C’. Stipule, both surface views; D, D’. Bract, abaxial and side views; E, E’, E”. Staminate flowers; F. Androecium; G, G’, G”. Stamen; H, H’. Pistillate flowers; I, I’, I”. Style and stigmatic band; J. Cross section of an immature capsule; K. Capsule. All from Peng 22609 (HAST).

 

Figure 7. Begonia melanobullata C.-I Peng & C. W. Lin.
A, Habitat; B. Habit; C, D. Portion of leaf, adaxial and abaxial surface, E. Same, leaf side view, showing conical bullae, each tipped by an erect hair; F. Leaf cross section; G. Inflorescence; H. Young inflorescence, showing bracts; I, I’, I”. Staminate flowers; J, J’, J”. Pistillate flowers; K. Capsule; L. Cross section of an immature capsule. All from Peng 22609 (HAST).

Herbs, monoecious, perennial, rhizomatous. Rhizome stout, creeping, to 50 cm long,1–2 (−2.5) cm thick, internodes 1–2 cm long, villous near petiole insertion. Stipules yellowish to pale green, ovate-triangular, 1.4–2.5 cm long, 1–1.8 cm wide, strongly keeled, abaxially hairy along midrib, apex aristate, arista ca. 0.2 cm long. Petiole red to olive-green, terete, 8–21 cm long, 0.4–0.8 cm thick, densely white villous when young, turning brownish tomentose, sometimes subglabrous with age. Leaves alternate, blade asymmetric, widely ovate to widely elliptic, 13–21 cm long, 9–15 cm wide, broad side 6.5–12 cm wide, basal lobes cordate, 5–8.5 cm, apex caudate, base strongly oblique-cordate, margin repand, thick chartaceous, villous when juvenile, adaxially emerald green to yellowish green, surface densely bullate, bulla dark maroon, conical, 2–8 mm high, 3–8 mm across, tipped with a velutinous hair 6–10 mm long, abaxially pale green, reddish on veins and bullae, brownish tomentose on veins; venation palmate with 7–9 primary veins, midrib distinct, with 2–4 secondary veins on each side, tertiary veins reticulate or percurrent, minor veins reticulate. Inflorescences arising directly from rhizome, dichasial cymes branched 4–6 times; peduncle 15–38 cm long, tomentose; bracts at cyme base pale green, ovate, ca. 1 cm long, 0. 5 cm wide, boat-shaped, veins reddish, margin fimbriate, bracteoles on upper nodes similar but gradually smaller. Staminate flower: pedicel ca. 1.5 cm long, tepals 4, outer 2 broadly ovate, 6–9 mm long, 7–9 mm wide, abaxially greenish-reddish, sparsely setulose, adaxially yellowish-green, inner 2 greenish, elliptic, 5–7 mm long, 3–4 mm wide; androecium actinomorphic, spheroid, 2.5–3.5 mm across; stamens 65–80; anthers yellowish green to gold yellow, slightly compressed, obovate, 0.5–0.8 mm long, apex retuse to obtuse; filaments fused at base into a column ca. 1.5 mm long; Pistillate flower: pedicel ca. 1.5 cm long, tepals 3, outer 2 suborbicular or broadly ovate, abaxially reddish, adaxially yellowish-pinkish, 7–8 mm long, 7–8 mm wide, inner 1 yellowish-pinkish, elliptic, 4–6 mm long, 0.2–0.3 cm wide; ovary trigonous-ellipsoid, 8–10 mm long, 4 mm thick (wings excluded), reddish, sparsely dotted with sessile glands, 3-winged, wings unequal, reddish-green, lateral wings 2–3 mm wide, abaxial wing crescent-shaped, 8–10 mm long, 4–6 mm wide; styles 3, fused at base, yellow or greenish, ca. 3 mm long, stigma spirally twisted. Capsule trigonous-ellipsoid, 12–19 mm long, 5–8 mm thick (wings excluded), greenish or reddish when fresh; wings unequal, lateral wings 2–4 mm wide, abaxial wing crescent-shaped, 5–7 mm wide. Somatic chromosome number, 2n = 30.

Distribution and ecology

Endemic to Thach An District, Cao Bang Province, Vietnam (Figure 3), near the border between Vietnam and China. On semi-shaded wet cliffs or steep limestone slopes in evergreen broad-leaved forest, elevation at 300–400 m.

Etymology

The specific epithet refers to the color of the bullae on leaf surface.

Notes

Begonia melanobullata resembles B. ferox C.-I Peng & Yan Liu (Guangxi, China) and B. nahangensis Aver. & H. Q. Nguyen (Northern Vietnam) in having blackish bullae on leaf upper surface. However, Begonia melanobullata is sharply distinct in other aspects. The new species is similar to B. ferox, differing by the leaves widely ovate to widely elliptic (vs. ovate), peduncle 15–38 cm (vs. 5–13 cm) long, inflorescence branched 4–6 (vs. 3–4) times, staminate flower tepals greenish (vs. yellowish-reddish) and smaller anthers. Begonia melanobullata also resembles B. nahangensis, differing in the leaf apex acuminate (vs. obtuse), staminate flower greenish (vs. white to pinkish); tepals of pistillate flowers yellowish-pinkish (vs. light olive-green), suborbicular or broadly ovate (vs. broadly reniform). A comparison of salient features of the three species is shown in Table 3. Begonia melanobullata is known only from limestone areas in Cao Bang Province.

Table 3. Camparison of Begonia melanobullata with B. ferox and B. nahangensis

B. melanobullataB. ferox(Peng et al.[2013]: figures five and six)B. nahangensis(Averyanov and Nguyen[2012]: figure seven)
Stipule
 Length1.4–2.5 cm1–1.7 cm0.4–0.6 cm
Leaf
 ApexAcuminateAcuminateObtuse to nearly rounded
 ShapeWidely ovate to widely ellipticOvateBroadly oblique-ovate or oblique-reniform
 Conical bullae on upper surfacePresent on all leaves; erect hairs tipping bullae persistentProgressively developed on leaves as the plant matures; hairs on bullae soon deciduousUnknown
Inflorescence
 Peduncle length (cm)15–385–13(8–) 10–12 (−14)
Male flower
 Tepal colorGreenishPale pinkish-yellowWhite to light pink
 Tepal size (mm)Outer 6–9 × 7–9, inner 5–7 × 3–4Outer 9–11 × 6–11, inner 7–11 × 4Outer 8–9 in diam., inner 8–9 × 2.5–3.5
 Another length (mm)0.5–0.8Ca. 1Ca. 0.5
Female flower
 Tepal colorYellowish-pinkishPinkish-whiteLight olive-green
 Tepal size (mm)Outer 7–8 × 7–8, inner 4–6 × 2–3Outer 8–11 × 7–11 mm, inner 8–9 × 3–4Outer (4.5) 5–6 (7) × (8) 9–11 (12) mm, inner 5–6 × 3–3.5
Capsule
 Size1.2–1.9 cm long; abaxial wing crescent-shaped, 0.5–0.7 cm wide1–1.5 cm long; abaxial wing crescent-shaped, 0.6–0.9 cm wide0.8–1 cm long; abaxial wing oblique-triangular, 0.4 cm wide
DistributionNorthern VietnamGuangxi, ChinaNorthern Vietnam

 

4. Begonia langsonensis C.-I Peng & C. W. Lin, sp. nov. (sect. Coelocentrum)

TYPE: VIETNAM. Lang Son Province, Huu Lung District, Huu Lien Commune, Tam Lai Village. N 21°39’60”, E 106°22’53”, elev. ca. 140 m. Living collection made on 20 November 2008; type specimens pressed from plants cultivated in the experimental greenhouse in Academia Sinica, Taiwan, 15 November 2012, Peng 21946-A (holotype: HAST; isotypes: A, E, HN, MO) (Figures 8 and 9).

 

Figure 8. Begonia langsonensis C.-I Peng & C. W. Lin.
A. Habit; B, B’. Portion of leaf, abaxial and adaxial surface; C. Stipule, abaxial view; D, D’. Bract and bracteole; E, E’. Staminate flowers; F. Androecium; G, G’, G”. Stamen; H, H’. Pistillate flowers; I, I’, I”. Style and stigmatic band; J. Serial cross section of immature capsule; K. Capsule. All from Peng 21946 (HAST).

 

Figure 9. Begonia langsonensis C.-I Peng & C. W. Lin.
A. Habitat; B. Habit; C, D. Portion of leaf, adaxial and abaxial surface; E. Stipule; F. Inflorescence; G. bract and bracteole; H. Staminate flowers; I. Pistillate flowers; J. Cross section of immature capsule; K. Capsule. All from Peng 21946 (HAST).

Herb, monoecious, rhizomatous. Rhizome creeping, to 10 cm or longer, 0.6–1.7 cm thick, internodes congested, glabrous. Stipules deciduous, reddish pale green, widely ovate-triangular, 0.7–1 cm long, 0.7–1.1 cm wide, herbaceous, strongly keeled, glabrous, apex aristate, arista ca. 0.3 cm long. Petioles brownish green, terete, 13–25 cm long, 0.3–0.7 cm thick, glabrous. Leaves alternate, blade asymmetric, obliquely ovate, 11–22.5 cm long, 6–13.5 cm wide, broad side 3.3–6.8 cm wide, basal lobes cordate, 2.7–5.5 cm long, apex attenuate, caudate, base strongly oblique-cordate, margin serrulate and puberulous, thickly chartaceous, adaxially uniformly emerald green, very sparsely minutely scabrescent, abaxially pale green, sparingly puberulous or subglabrous; venation palmate with 6–8 primary veins, midrib distinct, secondary veins 2–4 on each side, minor veins reticulate, all venation prominently raised on upper surface, major and secondary veins prominent on lower surface. Inflorescences axillary, arising directly from rhizome, dichasial cymes branching 4–6 times; peduncle 12–26 cm long, subequal to leaves, glabrous; bracts and bracteoles caducous, white, pale green to pinkish, bracts widely ovate to very widely ovate, 0.6–0.9 cm long, 0.6–0.8 cm wide, flat, margin denticulate to biserrate, puberulous or glandular hairy, bracteoles widely ovate to orbicular, margin denticulate, glandular hairy, gradually smaller toward upper part of the inflorescence. Staminate flower: pedicel ca. 2.2 cm long, tepals 4, outer 2 broadly ovate to orbicular, 10–15 mm long, 11–14 mm wide, abaxially pink, glabrous, adaxially pinkish, inner 2 pinkish, lanceolate, 6–9 mm long, 2.5–3.5 mm wide; androecium zygomorphic, ca. 5 mm across; stamens 25–40; filaments coalescent, not forming a stalk at base; anthers yellow, slightly compressed, obovate, ca. 1.5 mm long, apex retuse, shorter than filaments. Pistillate flower: pedicel 1.8–2.6 cm long, tepals 3, outer 2 pink or pinkish on both surfaces, orbicular, 11–15 mm long, 13–18 mm wide, inner 1 pinkish, oblanceolate, 7–11 mm long, 3–4 mm wide; ovary whitish green to pinkish, trigonous-ellipsoid, 12–15 mm long, ca. 5 mm thick (wings excluded), with sparse sessile glands, 3-winged, wings unequal, pinkish, lateral wings narrower, 6–4.5 mm wide, abaxial wing crescent-shaped, 5–7 mm wide; styles 3, fused at base, yellow, 4–5.5 mm long, stigma spirally twisted. Capsule trigonous-ellipsoid, 13–16 mm long, ca. 5 mm thick (wings excluded), greenish or reddish when fresh; wings unequal, lateral wings 3–5 mm wide, abaxial wing crescent-shaped, 7–9 mm wide. Somatic chromosome number, 2n = 30.

Distribution and ecology

Endemic to Huu Lung Protected Area, Huu Lien District, Lang Son Province, Vietnam (Figure 3). On semishady cliff face or steep limestone slopes in evergreen broad-leaved forest, elevation ca. 125–165 m.

Etymology

The specific epithet refers to Lang Son Province, where the new species was discovered.

Notes

Begonia langsonensis somewhat resembles B. ornithophylla Irmsch. (southwest Guangxi, China) in leaf shape and aspect. However, B. langsonensis is nearly glabrous throughout, whereas B. ornithophylla has sericeous petiole, puberulous abaxial blade, as well as velutinous to villous pedicel and peduncle. In addition, B. langsonensis differs from the latter in the bracts widely to very widely ovate (vs. ovate-triangular) as well as the primary and secondary veins on leaf adaxial surface elevated (vs. sunken).

5. Begonia locii C.-I Peng, C. W. Lin & H. Q. Nguyen, sp. nov. (sect. Coelocentrum)

TYPE: VIETNAM. Lang Son Province, Huu Lung District, Huu Lien Commune, Tam Lai Village, N 21°39’60”, E 106°22’53’, elev. ca. 185 m. Living collection made on 20 November 2008; type specimens pressed from plants cultivated in the experimental greenhouse in Academia Sinica, Taiwan, 8 April 2010, Peng 21943-A (holotype, HAST; isotype, A, E, HN, KEP, MO) (Figures 10 and 11).

 

Figure 10. Begonia locii C.-I Peng, C. W. Lin & H. Q. Nguyen.
A. Habit; B, B’. Portion of leaf, adaxial and abaxial surface; C. Cross section of leaf; D, D”. Stipule, abaxial view, D’. adaxial view; E. Bract and bracteole; F, F’. Staminate flowers; G. Androecium; H, H’, H”. Stamen; I, I’. Pistillate flowers; J, J’, J”. Style and stigmatic band; K. Serial cross section of an immature capsule; L. Capsule, L’. Capsule, back view, showing the occasional presence of 2 additional, reduced wings. All from Peng 21943 (HAST).

 

Figure 11. Begonia locii C.-I Peng, C. W. Lin & H. Q. Nguyen.
A, B. Habit and habitats; C. Habit; D, E. Portion of leaf, adaxial and abaxial surface; F. Stipule; G. Inflorescence; H. Staminate flowers; I. Pistillate flowers; J. Capsule, side view, showing the additional reduced wing (arrows); K. Capsule, back view, showing 3 wings; L. Capsule; M. Cross section of an immature capsule. All from Peng21943 (HAST).

Herb, monoecious, rhizomatous. Rhizome stout, creeping, to 30 cm long, 0.8 − 1.6 (−2) cm thick, internodes 0.5–1.3 cm long, subglabrous. Stipules deciduous, reddish to olive with red veins, ovate-triangular, 0.6–1.4 cm long, 0.5–0.85 cm wide, strongly keeled, abaxially sparsely velutinous along midrib, margin entire or sparsely ciliate-dentate, apex aristate, arista ca. 0.25 cm long. Petioles pale brownish-green to rwddish, terete, (11−) 20–25 (−33) cm long, 0.3–0.6 cm thick, densely villous. Leaves alternate, blade asymmetric, obliquely ovate, (9−) 11–22 cm long, 6.5–12.5 cm wide, broad side 3.2–7.4 cm wide, basal lobes cordate, 3.3–6.6 cm long, chartaceous, apex acuminate, base strongly obliquely cordate, margin denticulate and densely puberulous with pale magenta hairs, adaxially deep olive-green to maroon with light green zones along primary and secondary veins, sometimes embellished with small bits of silvery white spots, midrib veins forming a wide silvery white zone; upper surface densely covered by small raised cones each topped by a magenta hair, giving a wrinkled texture; abaxially pale green, purplish red between primary and secondary veins, reddish-white tomentose on all veins; venation palmate with 7–8 primary veins, midrib distinct, with 3–5 secondary veins on each side, tertiary veins red, percurrent or reticulate. Inflorescences axillary, arising directly from rhizome, dichasial cymes branched 3–4 times; peduncle 13–35 cm long, tomentose or subglabrous; bracts and bracteoles caducous, pale yellow-green, ovate to elliptic, orbicular, bracts ca. 0.8 cm long, 0.5 cm wide, margin gland-tipped denticulate, bracteoles similar but smaller. Staminate flower: pedicel ca. 1 cm long, tepals 4, outer 2 broadly ovate to orbicular, 9–12 mm long, 8–11 mm wide, abaxially white to pinkish, adaxially whitish, glabrous, inner 2 elliptic, white, 7–11 mm long, 3–4.5 mm wide; androecium zygomorphic, subglobose, ca. 4 mm across; stamens 35–60; filaments fused at base; anthers yellow, slightly compressed, obovate, ca. 1 mm long, apex retuse, shorter than filaments. Pistillate flower: pedicel ca. 1 cm long, tepals 3, outer 2 pinkish to white, suborbicular or broadly ovate, 8–11 mm long, 8–12 mm wide, inner 1 white, oblanceolate to obovate, 6–10 mm long, 3–5 mm wide; ovary trigonous-ellipsoid, sometimes strongly keeled at middle, 7–12 mm long, 3–4.5 mm thick (wings excluded), whitish, sparsely hirsute and glandular, 3-winged, wings whitish green to pinkish, unequal, lateral wings narrower, narrowly crescent-shaped to trapezium, 2.5–6 mm wide, abaxial wing crescent-shaped, 4.5–7 mm wide, sometimes with 2 very reduced wings running parallel along the side of the ovary, sparsely hirsute to glabrous, margin entire to hirsute; styles 3, fused at base, yellow to greenish, 3–4.5 mm long, stigma spirally twisted. Capsule trigonous-ellipsoid, 10–15 mm long, 4–5 mm thick (wings excluded), greenish or reddish when fresh, glabrous to hirsute; wings unequal, lateral wings 4–6 mm wide, abaxial wing crescent-shaped, 6–7 mm wide. Somatic chromosome number, 2n =

Botanical Studies 2015, 56:9

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