Blooming Begonia burkillii

While walking through the greenhouse the other day, I was drawn to the stock plant of an awesome new Begonia species, B. burkillii from India. Under the strikingly beautiful variegated leaves was a mass of green flower buds and pink flowers.

This new species was collected by Rekha Morris, who is able to collect and document Begonias in the dangerous and inaccessible tribal areas of Arunachal, India. This is just one of the many new species from India she has introduced. Another one is the burgundy form of B. burkilli, which is very similar to the variegated form except the leaves are a burgundy color.

This plant has not bloomed for us so I am anxious to see if it is as floriferous as the variegated form. I will keep you posted.

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