B. rostata, at center

At center is seen Begonia rostrata, an annual, collected in the region of Lomé, Togo. From the center of each white spot emerges a single hair. As with many African species, terrarium culture is probably required. In nature it grows at altitudes from 900 to 1140 meters in evergreen rainforests in moist places, near streams, on shady mossy banks, at the base of granite boulders, and in caves entrances. Under optimal conditions, growth is rapid. The plant shown is a month old seedling.

Also seen at top left is Begonia subacidia, a special gift from a generous friend brought home from Fort Worth. It has already yielded two, additional, small plants for sharing.

And at top right is U643, once thought to be B. scintillans.

B. rostrata