Begoniaceae

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Description: Begoniaceae are probably familiar as temperate zone houseplants. The family has simple, alternate leaves with very asymmetrical bases, sometimes peltate, and large stipules. The flowers are unmistakable, with three twisted styles, and swollen, fleshy calyx parts. All of the Begoniaceae at La Selva are terrestrial understory herbs, except for Begonia glabra, an herbaceous climber that produces adventitious roots at the nodes.

Economic uses: Begonia semiovata is a traditional food plant for chickens in parts of Central America.


Descripción: Las Begoniaceas son muy comunes en jardines, y en invernaderos de las zonas templadas . La familia tiene hojas simples y alternas, con la base muy asimétrica, a veces peltadas, y con estípulas grandes. Las flores son inconfundibles, con tres estilos retorcidos, y el cáliz grueso y suculento. Todas las Begoniaceas en La Selva son hierbas del sotobosque, con excepción de la trepadora Begonia glabra, con raíces adventicias que salen de los nudos.

Usos económicos: En varias partes de Centroamérica se usa Begonia semiovata como alimento para pollos.


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