A new species of Begonia plant discovered in Palawan was published by Philippine Taxonomic Initiative and was named “Begonia beijnenii”, in honor of its dutch discoverer, Conservationist Jonah Van Beijnen who found it in 2011 in Port Barton of San Vicente.
The research was a collaborative effort of researchers from University of the Philippines-Manila, and Botany Division of the Natural History Museum of the Philippines. The researchers are Yu Pin Ang, Danilo Tandang, Rosario Rubite and Rene Alfred Anton Bustamante.
“The new species belongs to section Baryandra, it is morphologically most similar to B. hughesii, in having a 3 winged ovary with cucullate wing and an abortive abaxial locule, tomentose petioles and leaves that are adaxially glabrous and abaxially subglabrous,” The report say.
Begonia beijnenii was said to be discovered in Brgy. Bigaho particular in Bigaho falls in Port Barton of San Vicente.