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Pictorial Key to Selected Begonia Cultivars
Main Key

Note: The subkeys contain the plant and flower pictures

This "Cultivar Begonia Pictorial Key" is designed allow easy identification of many begonias. There is some parallellism with the usual show classifications of begonias, but several simplifications have been made for users convenience.

The Cultivar Begonia Pictorial Key covers about 500 begonias; those which are currently being grown by ABS members. These photos show the plants and in several cases, details of the leaves and flowers.

An alphabetical listing....... ................................................................... Alphabetical listing

Cultivar Main Key (to find a cultivar when the name is not known)

1-1. Plant growth habit is cane-like.
   2-1. Superba type, or upright and over 4 feet in height. ....................................................... Subkey 1
   2-2. Not a superba type and under 4 feet in height.
      3-1. Leaves generally red or silver in color. ...................................................................... Subkey 2
      3-2. Leaves generally green in color.
         4-1. Leaves with distinct spots or sploches. .................................................................... Subkey 3
         4-2. Leaves without, or with indistinct spots or sploches. ................................................. Subkey 4
1-2. Plant growth habit is not cane-like.
   4-1. Plant growth habit is rhizomatous.
      5-1. Leaf size small, less than 3 inches in length. ................................................................. Subkey 5
      5-2. Leaf size medium, between 3 and 6 inchs in length. ....................................................... Subkey 6
      5-3. Leaf size large, between 6 and 12 inches in length. ........................................................ Subkey 7
      5-4. Leaf size giant, over 12 inches in length. ....................................................................... Subkey 8
   4-2. Plant growth habit is rhizomatous and classified as of B. rex derivation. ............................... Subkey 9
   4-3. Plant growth habit is rhizomatous with upright stems. ....................................................... Subkey 10
   4-4. Plant growth habit is not rhizomatous nor cane-like.
      6-1. Plant is a shrub-like. ..................................................................... ............................. Subkey 11
      6-2. Plant is a thick-stem. ..................................................................... ............................. Subkey 12
      6-3. Plant is a trailing/scandent. ........................................................................ ..................... Subkey 13
      6-4. Plant is a semperfloren. ........................................................................ ........................ Subkey 14
      6-5. Plant is a semi-tuberous. .......................................................................... ...................... Subkey 15

Notes:

  1. Editors notes are included in parenthesis.
  2. For a listing of all pictured cultivars, just click Cultivar Alphabetical listing