Mazae Begonia
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Mazae Begonia
P Introduced Photo: Saroj Kasaju
Common name: Mazae Begonia
Botanical name: Begonia mazae    Family: Begoniaceae (Begonia family)
Synonyms: Begonia mazae f. nigricans, Begonia mazae f. viridis

Mazae Begonia is a perennial herb that has an aerial, thin, creeping rhizome, and can reach 30 cm in height. Its leaves are asymmetrical, 5-10 cm long and light green with dark spots along its vein. If grown in dim light it can turn completely black. It presents a slight hairiness on the edges of its leaves and on the stems. Its flowers are small and pink, in dense branched clusters longer than the leaves. It can be grown indoors, in terrariums and outdoors. Mazae Begonia is native to Mexico, now cultivated worldwide.

Identification credit: Mark Hughes Photographed in cultivation in Kalimpong, WB.

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