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I found this plant by accidence in Argentina. Got a strange feeling; it might have a caudex, and pulled one up: It had!

The caudex forms under ground,
and I have not tried to raise it.

Author:  A.L.P. Pyramus de Candolle, 1859
Origin:  Bolivia, NW Argentina
Soil:  Grit
Water:  Medium - Maximum
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  5 Centimetres
Height:  50 Centimetres
Flower:  Bright Red
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Begonia argentinensis, Carlo Luigi Spegazzini, 1898.
Begonia boliviensis var. latitepala, Irmsch.
Begonia boliviensis var. volcanensis, L.B.Sm. & B.G.Schub.

This member of the Begoniaceae family was given this name by Alphonse Louis Pierre Pyramus de Candolle in 1859. It is found in Bolivia and Argentina, growing in a well drained soil or simply grit, with quite some water and only little or no sun. The caudex can grow to five centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to fifty centimetres in height. The flowers are bright red.

The genera name after Michel Bégon, 1638-1710, once a governor of French Haiti/Santa Dominica. The species name referees to the origin: Bolivia.