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The caudex by Geoff Nichols, Pza.sanbi.org.

Author: Ernst Gottlieb von Steudel, 1840
Family:  BEGONIACEAE
Origin:  KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape; South Africa
Soil:  Rich - Mix
Water:  Maximum
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  8 Centimetres
Height:  100 Centimetres
Flower:  White - Pink
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  Large-Leaved Wild Begonia
Synonyms:  Begonia caffra, Carl Daniel Friedrich Meisner, 1841.
Begonia favargeri,
Rech. 1905.
Begonia rudatisii,
Irmsch. 1961.
Augustia caffra, Klotzsch
Begonia sinuata, E.Mey. ex Otto & A.Dietr.
Begonia uncinata, Klotzsch.

This member of the Begoniaceae family was given this name by Ernst Gottlieb von Steudel in 1840. It is found in KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape in south-eastern South Africa, growing in a rich soil with quite some  water and some sun. The caudex can grow to eight centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 100 centimetres in height. The flowers are white to pink.

The genera name after Michel Bégon, 1638-1710, once a governor of French Haiti. The specific epithet, homonyma means ‘with the same name’ - of what, I can't figure...