Plant of the month

 

 Begonia clypeifolia Hook f.

A Begonia of the Scutobegonia section. We find it in the equatorial west Africa, from south Cameroon to Congo, through Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, where it is very frequent. This plant is very various, with peltate or no peltate leaves, bullate or no bullate blade, red edged or not, yellows or rarely white flowers. To Gabon, we find sometimes specimens with a long creeping rhizome and flowers bloom at the rhizome extremity before leaves. This species often grows near streams, on the ground or slopes, in primary or secondary forest.