This Begonia species is new to cultivation as of 2019. I’ve not been growing it long, so cannot say for certain how large it gets. The leaves thus far have only reached about 3″. They are serrated and covered in white spots (as many of the Begonias from this region seem to be). The texture of the leaves is beautiful, although I’m not exactly sure how to describe it. So far it has been an easy species to grow and […]
I received this plant about 8 years ago, and have since lost any information on it. It slightly resembles Begonia mildbraedii, but looks like a different species to me. The largest it has gotten for me is about 4″ tall with leaves around 2″ wide. It has red stems and leaves that range from a pale red (grown in high/too much light) to a slightly glaucous green. It’s not flowered yet. So far, it has been a slightly finicky plant, […]
This rhizomatous Begonia is a cross between bowerae var. nigramarga x violifolia. It is an easy keeper with leaves that stay between 2-3″. It has a slight iridescence to it, and can be grown in rather dark conditions. So far I’ve only grow it in a terrarium but it might do well in open air too. The leaves are bright green and the stems are red.
There are two forms of cf. U577, this is the green one. It is a trailing species from Thailand introduced in 2009, and is easy to grow, but prone to bronzing imperfections on the leaf. The leaves stay under 5″ and are defined by a broad silver green stripe that radiates out. Between this marking is are sections of dark green and maroon.
This pretty trailing species stays on the small side (with 4-5″ leaves) and is easy to grow. It was introduced in 2009 and is from Thailand. It forms a small rosette and then sends out runners, which can get quite long.
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.
If you were confused by the differences between B. staudii and microsperma, let this heighten the confusion! These two African species have been mistakenly identified in cultivation for years, and now they have been hybridized into this stunning cross. Like all African Begonias, they have yellow flowers. Interestingly, this cross possess purple-green in the leaves, which is absent from either species (both possessing bright green leaves). The stems are also that nice purple color, and covered in white hairs. It […]
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.