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New Begonia Species Discovered at Borneo in 2013

Apparently, this species is a new Begonia very recently discovered in Borneo, Malaysia in 2013. It seems to be a rhizomatous species. Notice the unusual colouration and margin.

Does anyone have any information on the species, including texts, photos and videos?

Begonia sinuata var pantiensis with pinkish flowers form spotted!!!

Originally posted on Orchids and the City:

Begonia sinuata which is also known as the sparkling begonia is widely distibuted in parts of South East Asia – from Thailand to unfortunately only to Johor without crossing over to Singapore. It is one of the most common begonia in Malaysia and are oftern found on damp vertical rock faces near waterfalls. This begonia is the only annual begonia in the Peninsular of Malaysia. It usually dies towards the end of the year and they regenerate by seeds and also from its basal tuber and leaf bulbils. There are 2 varieties that are recognised by world foremost Begonia Expert -Ruth Kiew.

First is the var sinuata -which has deeply incised leaf while the second is the var pantiensis which has a nice maple leaf form!!

Begonia sinuata var pantiensis is able to adapt to Singapore weather.


Begonia sinuata var pantiensis in- situ.


Another pic of Begonia sinuata var pantiensis…

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2014 Annual Show of Begonias

Click here to see the 2012 Annual Begonia Slideshow and Gallery.




22 FEB
Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium Annual Begonia Show

The 2014 Annual Show of Begonias is held at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium from 9am to 4pm on 22nd (Saturday) of February, where visitors can:

  1. Admire quality begonias in many competition classes.
  2. View artistic static displays of diverse begonias.
  3. Meet experienced growers and dedicated members of the society.
  4. Purchase many varieties of begonias not available through normal nurseries.
  5. Buy books published by the society.
  6. Make inquiries or seek assistance at the information desk.
  7. Participate in the “Name This Begonia” competition.
  8. Witness the award of competition trophies.
  9. Listen to a special guest speaker, the well-known horticulturist, Clair Levander, talking about begonias and answering questions on any gardening topic, at 10.30am.
  10. Attend a demonstration workshop run by the President, Mrs Carmel Browne, at 11.30am.
  11. Win raffle prizes.
  12. Enjoy light refreshments.

Annual Begonia Show from the Past

Click here to see the 2012 Annual Begonia Slideshow and Gallery.

Click here to see the Videos of the 2012 Annual Begonia Show.

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RHS Garden Wisley Visitors Vote On Their Favourite Begonia / RHS Gardening

via RHS Garden Wisley visitors vote on their favourite begonia / RHS Gardening.

Begonia hemsleyana: SPECIES TALK – MARCH MEETING

Begonia hemsleyana, Bot. Mag. 125: t. 7685 (1899).
Source: Curtis Botanical Magazine; Author: Hooker

Carmel Browne presented the Species Talk on 16 March 2013.

The area of distribution of this species extends from northern Burma to the Chinese province of Yunnan in moist, upland forests.

B. hemsleyana was introduced to Kew Gardens by way of seed collected in south Yunnan in 1899. It was named in honour of William Hemsley who worked on Chinese plants at Kew at that time.

B. hemsleyana is rhizomatous, jointed at or below the soil with erect stems. The leaf blade is palmately compound, glossy green, sparsely hairy between the veins, paler green beneath with a reddish tinge. The petioles are pink with short, woolly hairs. Flowers are pink and fragrant.

I chose to speak on this species today because this is only the second time it has flowered for me. It has been described as difficult. From my experiences, I have found it requires a cool, moist, well lit situation with good air movement. Because it naturally produces short, closely spaced stems, good air circulation is essential to keep fungal diseases at bay. A well-drained premium mix that is allowed to dry between waterings suits B. hemsleyana.

B. hemsleyana, B. rex, B. pedatifida and B. circumlobata are closely related and all belong to section Platycentrum. B. hemsleyana has been successfully crossed with Rex Cultorum begonias. B. ‘Raspberry Swirl’, B. ‘Picasso’ and B. ‘Hula Skirt’ are the results of such crossings. I do not know if these have ever been grown in Australia.


Begonia parilis

Photographed at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney (Australia) in December.
Sourced from, this photo is originally from

Di Schulz presented the Species Talk on 20 April 2013.

The following was taken from a Begonian of 1968.

The stems and branches of B. parilis are soft and hairy. Its leaves are velvet-like in texture, olive-green, red at the margins and red flushed beneath. Flowers are pink or white.

From Know Your Begonias by J Krempin.

B. parilis was discovered in Brazil in 1953. It is known as the zig-zag begonia. It is thick-stemmed, grows to 1 metre with zig-zagged branches and medium, narrow, shining green leaves, red beneath. Arching clusters of white flowers with yellow stamens appear in summer.

Begonias: The Complete Reference Guide by Thompson & Thompson has this to say.

B. parilis is a versatile begonia that is attractive whether it is staked or not. Although this plant branches naturally, early pinching will produce an even fuller plant. It can be grown effectively in maximum sunlight according to the locale, or it can be grown in a semi-shady position, making an interesting foliage plant. However, it will only bloom when there is sufficient sunlight.

Begonias, Begonias

Originally posted on Forest Garden:

A cane Begonia.

An angel wing cane Begonia.

I love begonias.  That may sound like a strange obsession for a “forest gardener”, but it is my strange obsession.

I remember buying a hanging basket of blooming angel wing Begonias with tiny dark burgundy and green  leaves at the  farmer’s market when I was living in a third floor walk up.  It made my small screened in porch more beautiful, and made me happy.  Since then, I’ve always had a soft spot for adding beautiful begonia plants to my collection.

The first bloom of the season on a tuberous Begonia.  The catalog advertised this as a cascading variety, but the growth is vigorous and upright.  When the branch gets too heavy with flowers, it breaks off.

The first bloom of the season on a tuberous Begonia. The catalog advertised this as a cascading variety, but the growth is vigorous and upright.

Cane begonias growing together in a hanging basket in July.

Cane angel wing begonias growing together in a hanging basket in July.

June 23  2013 begonias and garden 005 Begonia Bolivienses in partial sun.  When the soil is too wet the stems will rot off at soil level.  Weeks of rain will do that….

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