Plant of the month

 

Begonia froebelii  A. de Candolle

Here is a Begonia  of the Eupetaleum Lindley section. A plant with a short stem from a tuber, with opposite leaves at the stem apex or wholly basal ; blade strongly pubescent beneath ; a few flowered species but with very nice scarlet flowers, rarely white, and yellow stamens. This Begonia grows on slopes of Andean grasslands between 6500 and 8200 ft ; not easy growing as all tuberous mountain-top species which don’t like warm glassroom or Europe outside cultivation.