Begonia bowringiana Champ. ex Benth.
Begonia crassisetulosa (Irmsch.) F.A.Barkley & Golding
Begonia edulis henryi H.Lév.
Begonia ferruginea Hayata
Begonia laciniata Roxb.
Begonia principalis (Irmsch.) F.A.Barkley & Golding
Begonia randaiensis Sasaki
Begonia roylei K.Koch
Doratometra bowringiana (Champ. ex Benth.) Seem.
Begonia palmata is a perennial plant with erect, branched stems growing from an elongate rhizome up to 21mm in diameter; it can grow 20 - 90cm tall[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and a food. It is often grown as an ornamental in gardens.
E. Asia - south and east China, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam.
Evergreen broad-leaved forests, scrubby vegetation, by streams or on slopes in valleys, on rocks in moist environments by streams; at elevations from 100 - 3,200 metres[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Begonia palmata is found from the warm temperate zone of southern China to the tropical region of southeast Asia, growing at elevations up to 3,200 metres. It should succeed outdoors in the warmer regions of the temperate zone, where winter emperatures seldom fall much below zero.
Requires a well-drained soil[
]. Plants do not require high light intensities[
]. Prefers a pH between 6 and 7[
Leaves - cooked[
The roots are antiphlogistic and astringent. They stimulate blood circulation[
]. A decoction is used in the treatment of haematemesis, amenorrhoea and traumatic stagnant blood collection[
Seed - surface sow in a greenhouse and keep the compost moist in a light position. The seed can be very slow to germinate, sometimes taking a year or more[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Basal cuttings from tubers in spring.