A pantropical mega-diverse genus
Begonia has a pan tropical distribution and is one of the largest genera of flowering plants, containing around 2000 species. The goal of this research programme, (supported by the M.L. MacIntyre Begonia Trust), is to document species diversity in the genus and to understand the evolutionary processes that have given rise to it. We are building an extensive wild-origin species collection to underpin this research, as well as making use of the excellent national Begonia collection at Glasgow Botanic Garden.
Begonia Resource Centre: With over 50K specimen records and complete nomenclature for all names in Begonia.
Sumatran Begonia: A revision of all species on the island (ca. 70 species) is underway, in collaboration with Herbarium Bogoriense and Kebun Raya Bogor. Led by Mark Hughes.
Neotropical Begonia: Insights into the biogeography and niche evolution of Neotropical Begonia are currently being published. Led by Peter Moonlight.
New Guinea herbarium genomics: Possibly the fastest angiosperm radiation on earth is being investigated by Hannah Wilson, MacIntyre Trust PhD scholar.
Check our Evo-Devo Begonia page for our genomic and developmental biology research.
Hughes & Peng (2018) Asian Begonia: 300 Species Portraits. On sale!
A reclassification of all Begonia species Taxon 67, 267–323.