• Begonia anphioxus
  • Begonia anphioxus
  • Begonia anphioxus

Begonia amphioxus

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Plant species: Begonia amphioxus

Plant genus: Begonia

Plant family: Begoniaceae

Native plant: Begonia amphioxus native to Borneo

Soil drainage: with high water retention, we recommend a substrate mix composed of organic substrate, perlite, vermiculite, sphagnum moss.
!Attention: It is recommended that the substrate be consistently moist but not excessively so, to avoid root necrosis.

Soil pH: acidic

Fertilizers: Begonias generally do not require constant fertilization since the substrate contains organic matter. It is necessary for the fertilizer to be diluted to avoid root burn.

Air humidity: For the correct development of the plant, a high level of air humidity is necessary, ranging between 70% and 80%.

Green Mirrors recommends keeping the plant in optimal conditions to prevent leaf melting. It can be placed in a terrarium, display case, or under a glass dome to avoid fluctuations in temperature and humidity, but it can also acclimatize to a room with humidity over 65%.

Temperature: 18-30 degrees Celsius

Light: indirect to shaded light

Plant height including pot: 15 - 30cm

Begonia amphioxus is a species of begonia that is extremely rare in nature, which has been classified in the Petermannia section and was scientifically described for the first time in 1990 by the English botanist Martin Sands.

In its natural environment, it only grows on two limestone cliffs; Batu Punggul and Batu Tinahas; near the Pensiangan River, on Borneo Island. There it grows at an altitude of 375m to 425m above sea level, in moss cushions that develop on the steep rock face.

It branches little, instead sending new stems from the base, which can reach a length of up to 60 cm, but which hang sideways or downward under their own weight, from a height of about 20 cm. The very narrow leaves, pointed at both ends, are peltate (shield-shaped), meaning the petiole inserts not at the edge, but in the middle of the leaf, hence the name "amphioxus" - from the Greek amphi- "on both sides" + oxys "pointed".

The dots in various shades, from red to bright pink, very visible on the leaves, can have different sizes, depending on environmental factors. This extremely unusual combination of characteristics made it difficult to classify this begonia at first because no other begonia species on the entire Borneo island looked similar, its classification in the Petermannia section being only after analyzing the flowers and fruits.

Good luck with caring for it! And don't forget to give us updates about your plant, using the hashtag #greenmirrors and tag @green.mirrors in your Instagram posts! We promise to share them in our stories

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