Begonia quadrialata ssp. nimbaensis

A small Begonia from Western Africa, this rhizomatous species only grows to about 8″. It has striking red leaf venation that looks especially pretty with a cast of sunlight from behind.  It’s a thick venation, bright red, against lime green leaves.  The edges of the leaf are covered in small hairs and have micro-undulations.  Flowers are a bright yellow.  It can be slow to establish and grows best in sphagnum.

And here, in brighter light and grown on soil, the red venation is more distinctive.

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