Closely related to B. variegata but differing quite dramatically in color and patterning, this "new" (described in 2005) sect. Coelocentrum species is another hailing from limestone regions of China.
It's entry into scientific and botanical notoriety comes with an interesting tale of discovery: "...this plant, with remarkably attractive foliage, was first observed by the first author at an annual medicinal herb market held at the Ã¢â‚¬ï¿½Dragon Boat FestivalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ in ...Guangxi Region. According to the vendor, it is effective in Ã¢â‚¬Å›alleviating fever, disintoxicating, invigorating blood vessels and dispersingstasis.Ã¢â‚¬Å¥ We were able to follow the medicinal herb vendorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s directions ...where we observed ...and collected Begonia picturata in its native habitat. Worthy of note, our local field guide informed us that this rare, new species has been gathered as food for pigs by village farmers..." (Bot. Bull. Acad. Sin. (2005) 46:367-376) Yikes - One man's treasures is another farmers' pig food?!?
In any case, this species makes a very attractive plant that does exceedingly well in humid greenhouses and/or in large sized terrariums (do not overwater).
Husky young plants, currently in 2 1/2" pot.
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