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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Begonia 'U400'


This amazing Malaysian native Begonia Plant was found by Don Miller from the Penang Botanical Garden, Penang Island in Malaysia in 1990.

U400 is a Rhizome Begonia which produce large oval leaves with a singular pointed edge. The leaves are silver with greenish / grey veins and along leaf margin. These also produce furry leaf stem.

This Rex Begonia is not very brilliant with colors similar like most kampung begonias, this one you will find the red tones are very much in the background tones  unlike most Rex Begonia (Cameron - Highland Types) where the red tones at the back leaf is very prominent - this one however has none. 

The color/tones are repetitive where the center and the border edges are of the same color with the mid veins are of dark green tones. The foliage appear to be oval and grows generously big.
When grown in shade - the tones appears diluted and spans out big whereas if receive good strong light  - it has strong appearance.

This particular one often cultivated in rural region around Malaysia where the locals identify this one as "Asam Batu Kampung" This one is extremely hardy and has less care factor which grows easily as it had acclimated around the surrounding area. Often planted around shaded area where it receives good humidity.

Begonia Common Names and Images
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Here is the link where I had put together a list of all the begonias that I had come across. 
A database of all the different types & their characteristics. 
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