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This is actually Begonia dregei var. dregei.


The female left and the male flower right.        


            The male left and the female flower right.

Author:  C. Otto & F. Dietrich, 1836
Family:  BEGONIACEAE
Origin:  Cape, Natal Province, South Africa
Soil:  Rich
Water:  Maximum
Sun:  Minimum
Thickness:  10 Centimetres
Height:  30 Centimetres
Flower:  White
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  Maple Leaf Begonia
Synonyms:  Begonia natalensis, Hooker.
Begonia richardsiana,
T. Moore.
Augustia dregei
, Klotzsch, 1855.
Augustia natalensis, Klotzsch
Augustia suffruticosa, Klotzsch
Begonia partita, Irmsch.
Begonia parvifolia, Graham
Begonia richardsoniana, Houllet
Begonia rubicunda, A.DC.
Begonia suffruticosa, Meisn.

This member of the Begoniaceae family was described by Christoph Friedrich Otto and Friedrich Gottlieb Dietrich in 1836. It is from the Cape and Natal province in southern South Africa. It grow in rich peat with plenty of water and some sun. The caudex will grow to ten centimetres, the stems to 30 centimetres. It can be reproduced both by cuttings and seeds.

The genera name after Michel Bégon, 1638-1710, once a governor of French Haiti. The species name honours Johann Franz Drège, 1794-1881, a German plant collector and explorer who worked extensively in South Africa.


The very tiny seeds (grit = 5 mm).