This Bulbophyllum species is abundant where it occurs and found throughout Asia. As indicated by its species name, it is a fragrant bloomer! (rare for a Bulbophyllum). It likes shady conditions, with a few hours of good sun at most. Like most Bulbophyllums, it does well in terrarium conditions.
This is a new species to cultivation as of 2019 and has yet to be formally named or identified. The red stems and glaucous maroon leaves create a very striking appearance. I have had it in my collection less than a year, so cannot say for sure how large it gets, but I am guessing it stays under 10″. It is a slower species that I have been growing exclusively on moist sphagnum in terrarium conditions. Like many Begonias from […]
This used to be a subspecies of B. masoniana but was named a separate species in 2005. It looks somewhat similar to B. picturata as well, with that red hand-shaped marks on the leaves. This species has more maroon foliage when young (as pictured here) but greens with age. It reaches about 14″ diameter and is from China.
This exceptional species is new to cultivation and as its name would indicate, covered in mountainous bumps (bullae). It is distinctly patterned with wide silvery white striping along the largest leaf veins. Between are olive-purple bullae which fade to a more silvery-green with age. This is a slower growing species, found growing on limestone slopes in Vietnam.
Begonia darthvaderiana was discovered in 2013 near West Kalimantan. It slightly resembles Begonia chlorosticta in its growth, and it’s temperamental nature. It has been making its way into the hobby gradually over the past year, and I am happy to now be growing this species. This species should be grown in terrarium culture only, not an open-air environment. Like many of the more sensitive Begonias, care should be taken not to leave water standing on the leaves, but rather, moistening […]
This stunning species hails from China and possesses velvety leaves and a hardy constitution. It looks rather delicate, but in the terrarium at least, has proven to be a vigorous grower with little care. It blooms often. The undersides of the leaves are bright reddish-pink and visible when viewed directly from the front due to the growth habit of the plant. Somewhat versatile in it’s coloration, taking on red leaf venation in some conditions, and other times with more silvery […]
This unique looking Begonia has an almost alien-like iridescence. Leaves are purple-green with bright green spotting and red undersides. It is a trailing species and will grow quickly if given space and high humidity. It is found in Laos and Thailand.
While reading up on this species, I came across this bit of information in a paper published by C.W.Lin & C.I Peng, “Material collected on recent expeditions to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi…There are 46 currently accepted Begonia species reported from the island (see Thomas et al., 2013, continuously updated), more than half of which have been described since 2005.” 23 new species since 2005, more than one per year just from this region! This Begonia was newly described in […]