Begonias: Cultivation, Identification, and Natural History by Mark C. Tebbitt

By Mark C. Tebbitt

Begonias have huge, immense horticultural charm, are broadly cultivated in the house, and lengthening in style, together with hardy species for the backyard and semi-hardy species for packing containers. it really is no ask yourself those exciting crops have won any such following. Concise descriptions, keys, and chic illustrations of greater than three hundred regularly grown species and their most well-liked cultivars, are integrated. extra chapters conceal their cultural heritage, cultivation, ordinary background, and distribution.

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This treatment bases its findings largely on the genus begonia and its relatives the earlier classifications of Alphonse de Candolle (1864), Otto Warburg (1894), and Edgar Irmscher (1925), but its ancestry can be traced as far back as Johann Friedrich Klotzsch’s study of 1855. Though the modern classification is an improvement on these earlier works, it is unlikely to be the last word in Begonia taxonomy, as at least 19 species still have not been assigned to a section (for example, see B. boisiana and B.

Peltata, n) B. serratipetala, o) B. maculata, p) B. hispida var. cucullifera, q) B. luxurians, r) B. listada, s) B. gehrtii, t) B. komoensis, u) B. parilis, illustrating much of the diversity of begonia leaf outlines. Leaf outlines may, for example, be ovate in B. gehrtii and B. hispida var. cucullifera, angular-ovate in B. maculata, ovate (in outline) with palmately compound bipinnatifid lobes in B. polilloensis, circular in B. rotundifolia, circular (in outline) with palmate lobes in B. aconitifolia, circular (in outline) with palmately compound lobes in B.

Parilis, illustrating much of the diversity of begonia leaf outlines. Leaf outlines may, for example, be ovate in B. gehrtii and B. hispida var. cucullifera, angular-ovate in B. maculata, ovate (in outline) with palmately compound bipinnatifid lobes in B. polilloensis, circular in B. rotundifolia, circular (in outline) with palmate lobes in B. aconitifolia, circular (in outline) with palmately compound lobes in B. luxurians, oblong-lanceolate in B. egregia, and angular-obovate in B. parilis. Likewise, leaf bases may vary from truncate in B.

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