Begonia pteridiformis is a stunning new species from Peninsular Thailand that bears a rather unique growth habit and leaf presentation. As it is fairly new to cultivation, I do not have a lot of experience as to growing it. So far, however, it has responded well to terrarium type culture that suits so many of the other rainforest understory species.
In its native habitat, it is described as being found clinging to wet limestone cliffs & wet rock crevices in deep shade (See Photo Here). It is also bears an odd shaped tuber or sorts - most likely an adaptation to seasonal changes in climate where it may go leafless. This sort of tuber is reminisent of B. bogneri (Madagascar). As such, B. pteridiformis may require a seasonal rest period. Please keep this in mind during cultivation.
The foliage of this species can vary in color - from green with white spots to a rather deep overall reddish tone. This "Green form" bears deep green foliage with white dots at the base of its reddish hairs! In both forms, the flowers are delightfully FRAGRANT!
It has a need for humidity so this species is best grown under-glass (terrarium). It should also be understood that this may be a somehat challenging species - time will tell.
Offered here as a husky branched plants in 3" pot.
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