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A detailed listing of heritage begonias is now available on this website.
The list covers all cultivars hybridized from 1848 through 1982 that are mentioned in the Begonian, plus more.
Click Heritage Begoinias.
The species pictorial key has recently been updated with additional pictures
of plants, leaves, and flowers. There are now over 500 pictures available, along with
a corresponding number of small"thumbnail" size pictures. These pictures cover approximately
190 species, 30 african, 120 american, and 40 asian. The "Key" arrangement allows rapid
screening, hence identification of plants. To start the Key identification process,
Species Pictorial Key
An additional 80 new pictures of cultivars have
been added to the site, bringing the number of cultivars pictured to approximately 485.
Again, the pictures are arranged alphabetically and also in a format similar to
the ABS Show Schedule. These two arrangements greatly simplify the task of
identifying a particular plant. To view the cultivars, just click
Species Pictorial Key
As a major revision of this web site, pictures of all species are now
contained within a "Key" structure. By using the key, the plants are
organized by their physical characteristics so that identification is
significantly easier. The structure of the key follows that of the Smithsonian
Begoniaceae Key but is much simpler due to the smaller number of species involved.
To identify your species start with the "Species Main Key" by clicking
Species Main Key
This web site is designed to give to the the begonia lover, a data base
of important information on a large number of the newer, more popular begonia cultivars.
Data has also been accumulated on a large number of species. The principal reference
sources have been:
- "The Begonian" for the 30+ years,from 1971 to the present.
- The Smithsonian Begoniaceae, Editions 1 and 2.
- Begonias, the complete reference guide, ML. & EG. Thompson.
In addition, a large number of photos have been accumulated from private plant collections
and from various Begonia shows. These are displayed as either sets of photos or
as individual pictures for identification purposes.
There has been no attempt to make the data base encompass all of the 12000+ named begonia
cultivars. That task will be left to others. Similarly, there was no attempt to
include all of the 1500+ recognized begonia species. That job is also being
undertaken by others.
At this point in time the web site contains information on:
- Over 3500 cultivars and over 1400 species, synonyms, or temporary names as found in:
--The Catalog of Registered Cultivars, Ivy McFarland.
--The Begonian for years 1971 to the present
- Begonia cultivar data already available on the internet.
- Limited data from the Buxton list and it's revisions.
Most begonia cultivar data can be assessed either by an alphabetical
or by "horticultural type" listing.
Each individual entry contains the following information, when available:
- Begonia name.
- ABS Registration Number.
- Hybridizer, or author of the name.
- Horticultural type.
- Cultivar parents.
- Date of registration, hybridization, or name publication.
- Reference source,ie.,The Begonian year, type of information, and page number .
- A color photograph.
The web site does not contain a description of the plants in words. The reader
must refer to the source material for this information.
For identification purposes, both species and cultivar pictures are arranged
in "keys". These keys allow fairly easy and rapid access to photographs of
similar plants, thereby simplifying identification.
Pictures are also available as sets, based on their source. Examples are
private collections, National shows, etc.
References and Links
The References page lists all references used to create this site as well as
links to other excellent sources of information on hybridization , cultivars,
species, general begonia culture, and ongoing research.
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As you leave the site, take a moment to give me your impressions and comments.
Thanks in advance. Bill C.