Plant of the month

Begonia ampla J.D. Hooker

A very large African Begonia. This one, of the Squamibegonia section, grows in west tropical Africa. It is an epiphytic plant which grows often on rocks and is sometimes 6 feet high. In the wild, it likes damp locations, especially on trees above streams. Persistent bracts form a cup-shaped structure which wraps up the flowers ; this feature is characteristic of the section Squamibegonia. Fruits are berries-like and are not dehiscent.