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Begonia stipulacea Willd.

Frost-tender, tall-growing cane-type begonia with slender, weak, angular stems, oval, sharp-pointed leaves, bright green above and paler beneath, and freely produced cymes of white flowers throughout the year.  To 60cm.  [RHSD, Hortus, Krempin, BM t.7842/1902].  There is variation in the descriptions given by the authors noted which is a reflection of the variability of the species.

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘Stems strong, from 3-4 feet in height, channelled, of a dull crimson colour when young, and marked with a few pale green streaks.  Leaves oblique, about 6 inches in length, bright green on the surface, beautifully marked with dark green shades underside; smooth and shining.  Flowers pink, in clusters, suspended by rather short footstalks.’  The synonym B. undulata is given and it may be a different plant.  [FC p.272/1846].  Begonia stipulacea was introduced in 1820 according to Krempin, and B. zebrina in 1845 according to Paxton’s Dictionary. Both Paxton’s and Johnson’s Dictionary describe a pink-flowered plant, which is probably that described in the Floricultural CabinetCurtis’s Botanical Magazine also gives a date of 1845 for the introduction of Begonia zebrina, and figures a plant consistent with B. stipulacea of other authors, except that this Kew specimen was 8 feet tall.  [BM t.7842/1902].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [H.25/1850].


Published Jun 20, 2009 - 04:48 PM | Last updated Jul 14, 2010 - 04:54 PM

Illustrated are dark green, silver-veined leaves and numerous small white flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.7842, 1902.

Begonia stipulacea Willd. | BM t.7842/1902 | BHL

Family Begoniaceae
Region of origin


  • Begonia zebrina Hort.Angl. ex Loud.
  • Begonia angularis Raddi
  • Begonia compta Bull
  • Begonia disticha Link
  • Begonia crenulata Schott ex A.DC.
  • Begonia hastata Vell.
  • Pritzelia zebrina Klotzsch
Common Name

Velvet begonia

Name in the Camden Park Record

Begonia zebrina 

Confidence level high