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Begonia cucullata


Begonia cucullata Willd.

Family Name: Begoniaceae
Common Name: Wax flower begonia, Clubed begonia


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Native Distribution Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru, naturalized elsewhere in the tropics.
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical, Highland / Montane

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Succulent herb to 60cm tall
Foliage Leaves pale to dark green. Margin strongly wavy, toothed; teeth tipped by a hair
Stems Pale green to pale reddish brown, glossy.
Flowers Tepals pink or whited tinged with rose-pink

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers
Landscape Uses Small Gardens, 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 Lots of Water
Rootzone Tolerance Moist Soils, Easy to Grow
Pest(s) Chewing Insects, Sucking Insects
Propagation Method Seed, Stem Cutting, Leaf Cutting


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Pink
Flower Texture(s) Smooth, Thin
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flower Location Axillary
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 30908
Species ID 5285
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Species record last updated on: 23 February 2022.