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 the closed 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 said to bear a tiny tuber or sorts - most likely an adaptation to seasonal dry spells where it may go leafless. This sort of tuber is reminisent of B. bogneri (Madagascar) or even B. sutherlandii (Tanzania, Africa). 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 red tints to a rather deep overall reddish tone. This "Red form" bears deep red-tinted foliage with wine-red undersides!
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 young, multi-stem, plant in 2 1/2" pot.
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