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Scientific Name: Begonia masoniana
Pronunciation: beh-GOHN-yuh mas-oh-nee-AH-uh
Common Name: iron cross begonia
Family Name: Begoniaceae
Plant Type: Indoor foliage plant
Key ID Features: Heart-shaped leaves that have a chocolate brown cross like pattern in the center and with a green outer surrounding.
Course(s): HORT 1193/1293

Habit: Dense, Upright
Form: Mounded
Texture: Coarse
Mature Size:
Height:0.4 - 0.7m
Spread:0.3 - 0.6m
Origin: S.E. Asia / Japan / China, South Asia / India (New Guinea)
Hardiness Rating: Zone 11: (above 4 C)
Exposure: Part sun/part shade, Sheltered
Soil/ Growing Medium: Acidic, Alkaline, Well-drained
Water Use: Low
Landscape Uses: Bedding plant, Indoor plant
Additional Info: Google
iron cross begonia
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Alternate
Texture/ Venation: Prickly, Soft flexible
Surfaces: Glandular hairs, Rugose
Colour in Summer: Green, Brown, Dark blotch in centre
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Ovate, Reniform
Apices: Acute
Bases: Oblique (uneven)
Margins: Dentate

Inflorescence Type:
Flower Morphology:Monoecious plant
Number of Petals:4
Corolla Shape:Cruciform
Ovary Position:Superior
Colour (petals): Showy, White, Pink
Flower Time at Peak: Can flower any month

Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Colour: Brown
Fruiting Time:
Additional Info: Not showy

Bark or Stem Colour:
Organ Modifications: Rhizomes

Propagation: Cuttings
Plant Care:
Optimal Temp.: High indoor temperature
Light Level:Low indoor light level
Pest Susceptibility: Mites, Root rot, ( Pest resistant, Disease resistant )
Specific Pests: Leaf rot
(GNH) GreeNHouse
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