Published in 2014, Begonia chingipengii is one of several stunning species named for the venerable and recently passed: Dr. Ching-I Peng. It is a robust plant with upright, broadly lanceolate & somewhat leathery dark green leaves which are strongly contrasted by the lighter veins & midribs. The leaf backs and stems present a nice soft red for additional interest.
Its natural habitat is described as having been found on rocky riverbank slopes at around 400m (there is no mention as to the type of rock), in areas "almost exposed to sun". These clues hint to the fact that this plant may experience varying conditions - likely including occasions of quite a bit of light and periods of drier times.
While my experience in growing this plant is thus far limited, it does seem quite adaptable and, so far, not overly difficult or demanding. In fact, this plant is adaptable enough so as to NOT need the special confines of a terrarium, and maybe not even that of a greenhouse.
Offered here as husky young plants in 2" pots.
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