This Begonia came as an generous extra from Begonia Club in Japan, and came labeled as ‘Konmei China’. I can’t seem to find any information about it, and when searching for Komnei online, the only locality I am seeing for Konmei is in Paupua NG. A bit strange! There is some documentation of Konmei cuisine in Yunnan province, so perhaps this is the one, although the only two references are in regards to cuisine so I am still unsure if it’s a locality or not. Perhaps a very remote place in China if that is its country of origin.
This one is fast growing so far and very easy to grow from leaf cuttings. From a leaf or leaf section in 2-3 months it will be a 6″ tall plant. Foliage ranges from a pale green to a more emerald green (pictured here) with silvery-white bands between lateral veins. The stem and leaf base are ruby red. I’ve only had it about 6 months so cannot say how large it gets, but my largest plant is currently about 12″ tall and doesn’t seem to be slowing down.