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Begonia brevirimosa subsp. exotica


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Native Distribution Papua New Guinea
Native Habitat Terrestrial

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Cane begonia to 1.5m tall
Foliage Leaves to 30cm in length, base color of leaves dull olive green on areas bordering the veins; leaf blade with bright pink markings.
Similar Differs from the other subspecies Begonia brevirimosa ssp. brevirimosa in flowers and seedpod, and the intense pink markings occupying most of the area on the leaf blades.

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)

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Lots of Water, Occasional Misting, [Remarks] (Requires high humidity to do well. If grown indoors, place this in an area with high humidity, e.g. bathroom)
Rootzone Tolerance Moist Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
Pest(s) Chewing Insects, Sucking Insects
Propagation Method Stem Cutting


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, Pink, Patterned
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Thin
Prominent Young Flush Colour(s) Red
Young Flush Texture(s) Thin

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Master ID 31282
Species ID 5678
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Species record last updated on: 20 August 2021.