Spotlight on: B. rajah

Spotlight on: B. rajah

B. rajah is a rhizomatous species with distinctive foliage. It was discovered in Malaya in 1894 by Ridley. The rhizome is slender and creeping. Leaves are ovate, base cordate with overlapping blade bases, and approximately 10 cm. at maturity. The color is a deep...
Spotlight on: B. goegoensis

Spotlight on: B. goegoensis

B. goegoensis was discovered in Goego, Sumatra. It was introduced in 1881, and first described in 1882 by N. E. Brown. It is in section Reichheimaia, and has 34 chromosomes. B. goegoensis is a rhizomatous begonias with distinctive foliage. Leaves are egg-shaped,...
Spotlight on: B. gehrtii

Spotlight on: B. gehrtii

B. gehrtii was discovered in Brazil, and described by Irmscher in 1959. It is in Section Pritzelia. B. gehrtii is a rhizomatous begonia with distinctive foliage. Leaves are large, ovate, crispy, shiny, rugose, and medium green in color with sparse tan wool over the...
Spotlight on: B. ficicola, now B. microsperma

Spotlight on: B. ficicola, now B. microsperma

B. ficicola was discovered by James Dundas, a forestry officer, on December 6, 1946 at the base of Ekumbe Ndeme waterfall on the Meme River in Nigeria. It was found growing on a ficus. Dr. Degar Irmscher, Professor of Botany at the Hohenheim Agricultural College,...
Spotlight on: B. carrieae

Spotlight on: B. carrieae

B. carrieae is in the section Magnusia. It was first discovered in Ocozocoautla in the State of Chiapas, Mexico by Thomas MacDougall on April 13, 1967. It was described by Rudolf Ziesenhenne in the May, 1976 issue of The Begonian, and named in honor of Carrie...
Rhizomatous: leaves, flower clusters

Rhizomatous: leaves, flower clusters

They’re called “rhizomatous,” but many are easier to grow than the word is to pronounce (rye-ZOMM-us-tuss). The name means simply that these begonias grow from a modified stem called a rhizome (RYE-zome). Leaves emerge from the rhizome, forming a...