A Guide to Begonias of Borneo

 
9789838121613: A Guide to Begonias of Borneo

Begonias are familiar as garden plants grown for their beautiful foliage. Indeed there are few other genera that can challenge Begonia in variety of leaf shapes, colour and patterns. It often comes as a surprise to learn that the forests of Borneo are a hot spot for begonias with almost 200 named species. They grow in the deeply shaded forest understorey from the lowlands to mountain tops and on all rock types including granite, limestone, sandstone and ultramafic rocks. Readily recognised as a begonia by the very unequal sided leaf, until now it has been difficult if not impossible for naturalists to identify Bornean species. The Guide aims to overcome this and to spur interest in this fascinating genus by providing profuse illustrations, a brief description and information on distribution, habitat and uses, if any. For those who wish to delve deeper, a list of all known Bornean begonias is provided together with a complete compendium of literature pertaining to Bornean begonias. Of the 194 begonias known from Borneo, 134 are illustrated here, the great majority for the first time. All Borneo's begonias are endemic, i.e. are found nowhere else in the world, and rather few are widespread with only a handful crossing political boundaries between Brunei, Kalimantan, Sabah and Sarawak. As you will see from the begonias illustrated in the Guide, several can challenge cultivated ornamental begonias for their stunningly beautiful or striking foliage.

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Kiew, Ruth; Sang, Julie; Repin, Rimi & Joffre Ali Ahmad
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Book Description Kota Kinabalu, 2015. Pictorial laminated boards. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. Very well illustrated, pp x, 293, a very good new copy in dustwrapper. [Begonias are familiar as garden plants grown for their beautiful foliage. Indeed there are few other genera that can challenge Begonia in variety of leaf shapes, colour and patterns. It often comes as a surprise to learn that the forests of Borneo are a hot spot for begonias with almost 200 named species. They grow in the deeply shaded forest understorey from the lowlands to mountain tops and on all rock types including granite, limestone, sandstone and ultramafic rocks. Readily recognised as a begonia by the very unequal sided leaf, until now it has been difficult if not impossible for naturalists to identify Bornean species. The Guide aims to overcome this and to spur interest in this fascinating genus by providing profuse illustrations, a brief description and information on distribution, habitat and uses, if any. For those who wish to delve deeper, a list of all known Bornean begonias is provided together with a complete compendium of literature pertaining to Bornean begonias. Of the 194 begonias known from Borneo, 134 are illustrated here, the great majority for the first time. All Borneo’s begonias are endemic, i.e. are found nowhere else in the world, and rather few are widespread with only a handful crossing political boundaries between Brunei, Kalimantan, Sabah and Sarawak. As you will see from the begonias illustrated in the Guide, several can challenge cultivated ornamental begonias for their stunningly beautiful or striking foliage.]. Bookseller Inventory # 010220

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Joffre Ali Ahmad, Julia Sang, Rimi Repin, Ruth Kiew
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Book Description Natural History Publications (Borneo), Kota Kinabalu, 2015. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. It is not well known that Bornean forests are hosts to almost 200 species of begonia, all of which are endemic. 134 of them are illustrated here together with habitat and distribution information. A complete list of all the known Borneo begonias is also provided together with an extensive bibliography. 304 pages Weight: 1kg. Post free within Malaysia. Bookseller Inventory # ML3508A

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