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The male flower.

Author:  José M. da Conceição Vellozo, 1831
Origin:  SE Brazil
Soil:  Sphagnum Moss - Mix
Water:  Medium - Maximum
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  10 Centimetres
Height:  25 Centimetres
Flower:  White
Propagate:  Seeds/Rhizomes
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Might be: Begonia attenuata var. herbacea,  Alexander Curt Brade, 1944.
Begonia attenuata, Klotzsch ex Regel
Begonia herbacea var. ellipticifolia, Irmsch.

This member of the Begoniaceae family was given this name by José Mariano da Conceição Vellozo in 1831. It is found in south-eastern Brazil, growing in mosses or a well drained soil with lots of water and some sun. The rhizomes can grow to ten centimetres or more, the entire plant can reach 25 centimetres in height. The flowers are white, the female sitting closer to the base.

The genera name after Michel Bégon, 1638-1710, once a governor of French Haiti. The species name means 'herb-like, with succulent stem'.