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Begonia Begonia Begonia Begoniaceae

Begonia richmondensis, Begonia, Begonia


Begonia richmondensis, Begonia, Begonia

Begonias are native to moist tropical and subtropical regions of all continents except Australia, and are most diverse in South America.
There are over 1,500 known species, ranging from rhizomatous perennials a few inches high to 10 ft (3 m) shrubs. Mostly evergreen, they have broad, usually asymmetrical leaves of rather brittle and waxy texture.
Female flowers, as distinct from male flowers which are on the same plant, have broad, colored flanges on the ovaries which develop into winged fruits.
Cultivation: Propagate from tubers in the case of tuberous begonias.
Other begonias may be propagated from stem or leaf cuttings (laying cut leaf blades flat on damp sand, weighed down with pebbles), or by division of rhizomes or from seed.
Begonias are susceptible to gray mold, powdery mildew and botrytis