Cane Begonia
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Cane Begonia
P Introduced Photo: Preetha P.S.
Common name: Cane Begonia, Metallica Begonia, Holly-leaf Begonia
Botanical name: Begonia aconitifolia    Family: Begoniaceae (Begonia family)
Synonyms: Begonia faureana, Begonia kimusiana, Begonia sceptrum

Cane Begonia is a woody, fibrous-rooted, usually upright evergreen perennial that grows up to 4 feet tall. It has slender, bamboo-like stems with regularly spaced swollen nodes and broad, asymmetrical, deeply toothed to lobed leaves. Leaves palmately lobed, base color mid green. Leaf blade with silvery white markings; markings very faint - dense; appearing as sparse, thin streaks or clustered spots, or covering almost the entire leaf blade with the exception of the vein. Juvenile leaves light green with pale pink - reddish tinge. Male and female flowers white and pink - male flowers with 2 tepals; female flowers with 5 tepals. Cane Begonia is native to Brazil, cultivated worldwide as a garden plant.

Identification credit: Preetha P.S. Photographed in cultivation in Kollam, Kerala.

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