Begonia cucullata Willd.
  • Sp. Pl.
  • Wax begonia F I

This taxon is accepted by Begoniaceae
Notes: More details could be found in The Plant List v.1.1. Originally in The Plant List v.1.0

General Description

Plants perennial (rhizomatous), usually glabrous, sometimes sparsely hairy. Stems [10–]30–70[–100] cm. Leaves: stipules lanceolate to oblong, 7–19 × 3–6 mm; petiole 5–46 mm, glabrous; blade asymmetric, ovate to ± reniform, (28–)46–72[–80] × (28–)33–85 mm, base cuneate on shorter side, usually rounded on longer one, margins not lobed, crenate, teeth apices setose, otherwise eciliate, apex obtuse, surfaces glabrous (or glabrate to sparsely hairy in Alabama specimens). Peduncles 22–75 mm (in fruit); bracts lanceolate to ovate. Flowers white to pink; staminate: tepals 4, outer 2 (sepals) suborbiculate or reniform, 7–10 mm, inner 2 (petals) narrowly obovate, 5–7 mm; stamens 24–33; pistillate: tepals 4 or 5, obovate, 6–9 mm. Capsules 8–15 × 6–12 mm, larger wings deltate-rounded, 10–17 mm wide, smaller 3.5–5 mm wide. 2n = 34, 56 (South America).


SELECTED REFERENCE Schubert, B. G. 1954. Begonia cucullata and its varieties. Natl. Hort. Mag. 1954(Oct.): 244–248.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Southern America Brazil Bahia
  • Paraní
  • Rio Grande do Sul
  • Santa Catarina
  • Espirito Santo
  • Minas Gerais
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • São Paulo
  • Brazilia Distrito Federal
  • Goiás
  • Mato Grosso
  • Mato Grosso do Sul

Local Names

Wax begonia F I

 Information From

World Flora Online Data. 2019
  • A CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).
Brazilian Flora 2020 project - Projeto Flora do Brasil 2020
Brazil Flora G (2014): Brazilian Flora 2020 project - Projeto Flora do Brasil 2020. v393.147. Instituto de Pesquisas Jardim Botanico do Rio de Janeiro. Dataset/Checklist. doi:10.15468/1mtkaw
  • B Group Brazil Flora, REFLORA Program
Flora of North America @
'Flora of North America @ eFloras (2008). Published on the Internet [accessed August 2016]' Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
  • C Flora of North America Association
World Flora Online consortium
World Flora Online Data. 2018.
  • D CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).