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Begonia sp. U192 'Martin's Mystery'


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet Type
Infraspecific Epithet
Name Status (botanical)

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Native Distribution Known only from cultivated specimens; purportedly discovered in Philippines and brought into cultivation by Martin Johnson, a begonia grower.
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Rhizomatous creeping herb up to 30 cm tall
Foliage Leaves dull metallic rose pink, under surface of leaf dark red, main veins with reddish brown hairs. Petioles hairy.
Flowers Flowers white, occasionally with pink hues.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Landscape Uses Small Gardens, Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Container Planting

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna) (Insects (Bee))
Seed or Spore Dispersal Abiotic

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water, Occasional Misting, [Remarks] (Prefers well drained substrate and high humidity; overwatering can cause the rhizomes to rot.)
Rootzone Tolerance Well-Drained Soils
Pest(s) Sucking Insects
Propagation Method Seed, Stem Cutting, Leaf Cutting, Division


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Iridescent, Pink, Silver / Grey

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Pink, White
Flower Texture(s) Thin
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flowering Period Free-Flowering

Fruit, Seed and Spore

Mature Fruit Colour(s) Brown
Mature Fruit Texture(s) Papery
Fruit Type Dehiscent Dry Fruit
Mature Seed Colour(s) Brown
Seed Quantity Per Fruit Numerous (>20)

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Master ID 29785
Species ID 4094
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Species record last updated on: 14 October 2021.