Plant ID forum: NOID large-leaf begonia

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skylark
Apr 4, 2015 12:43 PM CST
so another beautiful NOID from Palm Hammock in Miami, FL.
very large, water-color-shaded leaves, crinkly and leathery.
Thumb of 2015-04-04/skylark/ec7195

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LAbegoniac
Apr 8, 2015 12:37 PM CST
I'd say this is probably, B. 'Art Hodes'. There are a number of these crosses with B soli-mutata that have to almost be seen to say with certainty. For example, B. 'Morocco' has this look, but is overall smaller than 'Art Hodes.'.
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plantladylin
Apr 8, 2015 12:46 PM CST
Very pretty Begonia! Photos in our database show Begonia (Begonia 'Art Hodes') with pink blooms but everything else I've read says the flowers are white.
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LAbegoniac
Apr 9, 2015 5:33 AM CST
I would think the flowers are white, but cannot remember for sure. The database to trust on begonias is the Australian International Database of the Begoniaceae (google it for exact website name, it's too long to remember!) kept by one of the greats in the begonia world, Ross Bolwell. (He and Brad Thompson in California are today's major hybridizers), but back to the point. The IDB as we call it does not list the flower color nor does the ABS database. I've never seen any of the hybrids with B. soli-mutata with a pink flower, but Martin Johnson who did 'Art Hodes' did not list parentage so we don't know the other parent - always a problem for us. Still, begonia flowers are notorious for different color in different lights. I've had flowers on canes that are almost a bright orange go light pink in the greenhouse winter light and pink go white.
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skylark
Apr 9, 2015 11:02 AM CST
i think it's a larger one - so B. 'Art Hodes' sounds good! here a pic of it against B. imperialis for comparison
Thumb of 2015-04-09/skylark/db876c

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eclayne
Apr 9, 2015 11:12 AM CST

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The International Database of the BEGONIACEAE
http://www.filemakerstudio.com.au/~ibegonias/index.php?-link...

No info. on flower color however. Shrug!
Evan
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