Mountain Orchids

Begonia "U639" (hatacoa red form)

Initially, I considered this plant to be a dark form of B. caobangensis ("U555").  It is VERY like it in many ways.  However, this plant does not at all bear the winged petiole that is a characteristic of B. caobangensis.  It was recently suggested (not yet confirmed) that this might be a dark red form of B. hatacoa (pers. comm , 2015, Dr. Ching-I Peng).

This plant forma 5-7" lancelate and fairly leathery leaves. It's leaf color is a deep glossy purple-green while the underside is tinted an intense wine red.  My plant originated from within a packet of seed of another Vietnamese species (U636).   Out of that seed tray, about 4 of these plants grew; of them, this particular plant seemed to have the darkest leaf color.  

Whatever this plant is, it  seems to be an easy plant for warm, humid, well-drained conditions.  

These are leaf-propagated plants - currently in 3" pots.

Int - WarmLow - Medium
Mature Size:Humidity:
Temp Key:
Cool: 50-55F Nights
Int: 55-60F Nights
Warm: 60F+ Nights

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