August von Regel, 1852
Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Southern Mexico
Begonia, Carolinea Begonia, Palmate Begonia
Gireoudia caroliniaefolia, Johann Friedrich Klotzsch,
Begonia rotata, Frederik Michael Liebmann, 1852.
Gireoudia rotata, Johann Friedrich Klotzsch, 1855.
Tropicos, among others, use the invalid spelling caroliniifolia*.
This member of the
Begoniaceae family was almost given this name by Eduard
August von Regel in 1852. It is found
in Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and southern Mexico, growing in a
rather rich soil with
some to plenty of water and little to some sun. The swollen
stems can grow to five
centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 60 or even 100 centimetres in
flowers are pale pink.
The genera name after Michel Bιgon, 1638-1710, once a governor of
French Haiti. The species name means 'leaves like Carolinea', a
genera in the Malvaceae family.
It was originally published under the invalid spelling "caroliniaefolia".
*) I was puzzled by the
different way to spell the name, and Kanchi N. Gandhi from IPNI was
kind enough to explain:
In general, the published epithet caroliniaefolia is
corrected to caroliniifolia (as in Tropicos). Such a
correction implies that the first term was derived from the genus
name Carolinia, which does not exist. But, although the
etymology is not mentioned within the protologue, it seems obvious
from the plate 25 that the specific epithet is based on the generic
name Carolinea L. In such cases, the Code Art. 60.8 and Rec.
60G would appear to mandate correction of caroliniaefolia