Begonia aff. versicolor ‘Red and Black’

This plant has been sold in Asia under the name ‘versicolor red and black’, however, I have not seen any evidence of flowers to confirm this.  It is a newer species to cultivation, whatever it is.  It does resemble versicolor in the compact growth habit, but it grows its rhizome in more of a trailing way than other versicolor forms.  The leaves maintain their beautiful color, getting darker with maturity.  The new growth is a bright reddish-pink, as are the stems.  The entire plant, leaves, abaxial leaf sides, and stems, is covered in an abundance of small hairs.  While not a difficult species thus far, it does not readily take to leaf propagation like many other rhizomatous species.  It has not flowered for me yet.

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