Plant ID forum: what plant is this?

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Jan 6, 2017 5:25 AM CST
Hi there, I received some seed from a friend coming back from Portugal last year. Now the plant is about 40 cm tall and has very small inflorescence with flowers less than 1 cm. Nor the friend nor I were able to specify what plant this is. Any help will be very much appreciated. Thank You!

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Jan 6, 2017 5:54 AM CST
I think you have a Begonia.
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Jan 6, 2017 6:21 AM CST
Definitely. Some kind of rhizomatous one (Rexes are rhizomatous also, same care, though you obviously don't need any pointers! Gorgeous!)
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Jan 6, 2017 7:10 AM CST
purpleinopp said:Definitely. Some kind of rhizomatous one (Rexes are rhizomatous also, same care, though you obviously don't need any pointers! Gorgeous!)

thanks, it is gorgeus indeed ! I found a very useful post where they said it is an hybrid of begonia boweri also called eyelash begonia (I cannot post the link as I still am a new member...)

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Jan 6, 2017 7:20 AM CST
Dutchlady1 said:I think you have a Begonia.

yes indeed a begonia it is, And it is a beautiful specimen: I am glad that in one year time I was able to grow it without making mistakes ...

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After a two hours google reseach I finally found whati it is, namely an eyelash begonia, an hybrid of begonia bowerae. As I am a new mwember and connot post a link, I post just two descriptions I found online: (and the link without

1 www exoticrainforest com Begonia%20bower%20pc html
"The Eyelash Begonia
Our specimen is likely a hybrid variation. Incorrectly Begionia bowerii
This deep green Begonia bowerii with purple leaf fringes has pointed leaves that grow to 6 inches. The species is from Mexico and the center is decorated with a strongly defined yellow star and in the Spring the Begonia often puts out tall flower spikes. There are over 700 hybrids known in this group of Begonia hybrids. B. bowerae is considered to be the parent of the numerous hybrids known collectively as the Eyelash Begonias. An attractive hybrid that is also easy to grow provided you give it filtered light and very well draining soil. My thanks to Bill Claybaugh, Conservation Chairman of the American Begonia Society and to Avery Wagg of the Canadian Begonia Society for their assistance in identifying the plant"

2 www plantsrescue com tag eyelash-begonia

"a native of tropical Mexico and its natural habitat is the shadowy area on the floor of the tropical forest as ground-cover and non-stem-forming plant. This creeping rhizomatous Begonia grows up to 25cm (10 inch) tall and is spreading up to 18cm (7 inch). It is a miniature Begonia with straight, scattered, single hairs on petioles, leaf margins and peduncles.
Begonia bowerae is usually offered under the incorrect name: Begonia boweri. This is a fantastic Begonia that is heavily used for breeding to create new exciting cultivars and is itself rarely on offer.
Description: Begonia bowerae it is a tender perennial that grows from a creeping branched rhizome (underground stem). It is a bushy, stemless plant, about 15-20cm (6-8 inch) tall. The small, heart shaped leaves are deep emerald green with black edging and with stiff hairs on leaf edges and leaf stalk. The purple-burgundy to nearly black markings may also create bands along the leaf veins. In late winter and early spring it produces loose clusters of white or light pink male and female flowers that are held on thin pink stems above the foliage. The flowers are tiny, shell shaped, produced on 10-15cm (4-6 inch) long stalks."

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