This Central American species is easily distinguished by the red leaf spot marking the point where the leaf attaches to the petiole. It is a compactly growing rhizomatous species that grows to 6-8 inches. This species can be grown as a houseplant or a terrarium plant. I have my mother plant in an east-facing window and it is not too much light. The flowers are white and stand on a tall flower stalk above the plant. The flowers, a bit […]
There are a few forms of B.ningmingensis, and they all look drastically different. The dark form seems to be very hardy and fast-growing, and it flowers all the time. Leaves are a velvety dark green, with newer growth being lighter green. It is a newer species from China that grows to about 10″. It will often grow very close to the substrate, especially at first, forming a little tented area on the substrate. And the flower,
A native of Southern China and Indo-China, this Begonia can grow to over a foot tall, with leaves staying around 4-5″. It is very easy to keep small in the terrarium however, and seems to be a slower growing, albeit not too difficult, species. The stems are a striking red and the white spotting on foliage becomes even more prominent as the plant matures.