Adolfo Jara, a student from the University of Los Andes who was co-supervised by James Richardson, recently successfully defended his thesis entitled “Systematics and Biogeography of Begonia section Casparya“.
Two new species of Begonia were published by Adolfo as part of this work (http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.257.1.6).
Begonia suaviola Jara, one of Adolfo´s new species, from Serrania de Los Paraguas, Valle del Cauca, Colombia.
Adolfo spent six months at RBGE working on the molecular aspects of his project. In addition to the new species, Adolfo also studied the biogeography and diversification of Begonia in the Andes.