Begonia dipetala Graham

Thick-stemmed, upright, usually unbranched perennial, with medium, grass-green, toothed leaves with white spots, short hairs arising from the centre of some spots, red beneath, and axillary cymes of fragrant pale pinkish-white flowers in clusters on the stems from spring to summer.  To 1.2m.  [RHSD, Krempin]. 

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘This species flowered at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, in April, 1828, having been raised two years before from seed sent by Dr. Johnstone, from Bombay.’  [BM t.2849/1828].  ‘The leaves, while the plant is young, have many small white spots on them, which disappear as the plants grow up to flowering: on their surface are many short thorn-shaped hairs.  It requires the stove, and produces its pleasing flowers in April.’  [LBC no.1730/1833].  FC p.269/1846.  PFG pl.14/1853. 

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [H.17/1850]. 


Published Jan 16, 2009 - 02:30 PM | Last updated Jul 14, 2010 - 04:57 PM

Depicted is a cane begonia with dark green, silver-spotted leaves and pink flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.2849, 1828.

Begonia dipetala Graham | BM t.2849/1828 | BHL

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Family Begoniaceae
Region of origin


Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Begonia dipetala 

Confidence level high