Plant ID forum: Dragonwing Cane Begonia I.D.

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Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Sep 7, 2013 8:19 AM CST
Hello,

I'm David, and was hoping someone might be able to clearly I.D. this cane Begonia.

The canes reach 4' tall and higher and the leaves are a darker green on the topside and up to 7 inches long, with a beautiful glossy cinnabar red underside. It blooms profusely almost year-round with Red blossoms, and I also have a white version with a hint of pale pink.

It was sold to me as Dragonwing yet I would really like to identify the species.

Thank you,
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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Sep 7, 2013 9:52 AM CST
Hi David,
This is a link to the American Begonia Society… http://www.begonias.org/greenhouse/imagelisting.htm

I'm having a hard time with the leaf shape, but you might want to look at
B. 'Jeanne Jones' and B. 'Suspicion'
Or the multitude of others on this site. Green Grin!
I've been trying to ID one of mine, and my eyes started crossing half way through!! Blinking Hilarious!
Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Sep 7, 2013 11:03 AM CST
I appreciate the site send, and have already been looking and found 'Suspicion' which does have the leaf color but need to see how tall, and so far none of my canes really have a branched effect. I know what you mean about the eyes crossing. It's amazing the number of begonias.

The B. Airy Fairy is really cute and would be a great miniature garden plant.

Wasn't that B. Coccinea amazing dolled up like a christmas tree, with pink ribbons, silver balls and tinsel! Hilarious! Thumbs up

I believe I did just find mine though after all,...........I do have the white version pictured. B. White Cascade. Its says its a Maculata. I'll research that now....

Thank you. Good luck in your search for yours!...

David
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plantladylin
Sep 7, 2013 2:07 PM CST
I can't see the shape of leaves real well but your description reminds me of one I had a few years ago: Cane Begonia (Begonia 'Torch')
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Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Sep 7, 2013 2:59 PM CST
It's nice hearing from you Lin, and I have found out its B. Maculata. It was a popular houseplant in past eras without lots of hybridization to create spotted leaves as in the also beautiful Angel wings as far I have been able to research. It is an incredible reliable bloomer here and seems to be really freeze hardy next to the house. Smiling

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