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Begonia dregei

 

Begonias occur in tropical and subtropical areas, with most species in America (2 genera and over 900 species). In southern Africa there is one genus (Begonia) with five species: Begonia dregei, B. homonyma, B. geranioides, B. sonderiana and B. sutherlandii subsp. sutherlandii. Begonia dregei is rare; it occurs in forests, on rocky, mossy cliffs and steep banks, from the coast to 1 219 m altitude inland, from East London to KwaZulu-Natal. Derivation of name and historical aspects: Begonia is named after Michael Begon, 1638–1710, a French governor of San Domingo and a patron of botany. The specific name commemorates J.F. Drège (1794–1881), a German horticulturist and plant collector in southern Africa. Ecology: Begonia dregei is quick-growing and does not like much water in winter as it occurs in a summer rainfall area. Top right beautiful caudex.
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