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Begonia 'Erythrophylla'


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Genus Epithet
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Name Status (botanical)

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Native Distribution Of horticultural origin - hybrid of  Begonia hydrocotylifolia and Begonia manicata. This is one of the earliest Begonia hybrids (the cross was made available in 1845) that is still in cultivation. 
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Rhizomatous begonia to 30 cm tall
Foliage Mature leaves to 8cm wide, dull green or bluish-green on upper surface, leaf margins with a fringe of short hairs. Under surface of leaves red, with scattered hairs on the veins.   Juvenile leaves reddish brown, hairs on leaf margin prominent. Petioles very pale cream with red markings, sparsely hairy. 
Flowers Flowers white tinged with pink - pale pink

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 Moderate Water, Occasional Misting, [Remarks] (Prefers high humidity and a loose, well drained planting media/ soil. Allow media to dry out slightly in between waterings. Do not overwater as excessive moisture collected around the rhizomes can cause the plant to rot.)
Rootzone Tolerance Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
Pest(s) Sucking Insects
Propagation Method Stem Cutting, Leaf Cutting


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Brown, Green, Red
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth, Leathery
Prominent Young Flush Colour(s) Brown, Red
Young Flush Texture(s) Hairy / Hirsute

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Pink, White
Flower Texture(s) Thin
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence

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Master ID 31629
Species ID 6028
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Species record last updated on: 03 June 2021.