I recently received four Begonia cuttings from Jacky Duruisseau
plant hunter and the Vice President of AFABEGO. All the plants
belonging to section Gireoudia and are current housed in a large
B. bowerae var. nigramarga
is a small plant with a creeping rhizome. The characteristic hairs
on the leaf edge gives B. bowerae its common name the eyelash
begonia and this variety [nigramarga] has a darker variegated
leaf pattern than B. bowerae var bowerae.
is another small plant belonging to the section Gireoudia. It is
also rhizomatous and is found from southern Mexico to
altitudes between 1350m and 2800m [thats almost 1-2 miles high] so
it should do well at lower temperatures. Its maculate [spotty] leaf
pattern is said to be highly variable across its range. It likes
high humidity, but, dry roots.
is an attractive rhizomatous species endemic to Mexico. I have not
yet been able to find any further information on this plant. Jacky
says it likes high humidity, but, dry roots and does best in a
terrarium. As with many of the plants within section Gireoudia it
has hairy petioles
has an upright rhizome and very attractive leaf covered in small
hairs. There is some debate within the literature as to whether
B. lindleyana is a distinct species or a variant of B.
Many Begoias have hairy leafs or petioles. Within the section
Gireoudia there is a wide diversity of petiolar induments. These
distinctive hairs/scale can be used to help with plant
identification. For example, the leaf of B. lyman-smithii is
bordered with a margin of rust coloured brown hairs.
Microscopic examination of these hair like structures reveals
further details impossible to appreciate with the naked eye. Here
are a few examples:
B.squarrosa, (1) B. heracleifolia,
(2) B. quartana (3) and B. croatii. (4)
Jeff Rhodes came to visit my collection on Monday 20/09/16. He
brought me a very nice plant B. acetosa. It was good to meet
Jeff and his friend and we had an interesting discussion on growing
I attended the annual congress of AFABEGO this weekend 24/09/16.
Despite my trepidation, to my shame I donít speak any French, I
received a very warm welcome. The meeting was held just outside of
the city of Rennes in the school of horticulture at St Gregoire. We
visited a tropical style garden and begonia collection close to
where the meeting was held, followed by the AMG, competitions,
annual plant exchange [members donate plants to a central pool then
are able to look through and select plants they would like] and the
annual dinner. I enjoyed the day and made some good contact with
begonia collectors from all over Europe.