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  Begonia solimutata L.B.Sm. & Wassh.
  Family Name : Begoniaceae

  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Lifespan (in Singapore) :
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Native Habitat :
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Tropical, Sub-Tropical / Monsoonal
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Rhizomatous herb forming dense, spreading clumps where growing conditions are ideal
      Foliage: Leaves asymmetric, densely hairy, circular in outline, to 13cm long by 21cm wide; venation palmate.  Upper surface of leaves pustulate, dark green,bright yellowish green - bright green along veins. Under surface of leaves very pale whitish green - pink and with red marking.  Petioles hairy, very pale green with reddish tinge. 
      Flowers: Flowers white
      [Others]: The leaf color of this species can change in a matter of minutes when the plant is exposed to sunlight - the chloroplasts in the leaf cells change the orientation in response to the change in light conditions, and the leaf color switches to a dark brownish green instead of the dark green color. 
      Etymology :
      The specific epithet 'soli mutata' refers to the phenomenon of color change in the leaves, as mentioned above. 
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Foliage
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      Small Gardens, Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Container Planting
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Pollination Method(s) :
      Biotic (Fauna)
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water, Occasional Misting
      Pest(s) :
      Chewing Insects, Sucking Insects
      Propagation Method :
      Seed, Stem Cutting, Leaf Cutting
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Brown, Green, Green - Light Green, Red, Yellow / Golden
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Hairy / Hirsute
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower Colour(s) :
      FlowerTexture(s) :
      Flower Grouping :
      Cluster / Inflorescence

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