- History and Culture
Begonia salaziensis is native to Mauritius and Reunion. It is part of the Begoniaceae family which comprises over a thousand species distributed throughout the tropical and subtropical regions in the Americas, Asia and Africa. The plant can measure between 50cm and 2 meters in height and has bright green leaves with two unequal halves.
The plant is frequently found in humid mountain vegetation but mostly below cliff vegetation in areas such as Le Pouce, Mt Ory, Grand Peak and Corps de Garde. Its inflorescence occurs between November and March, producing male and female small white-pink flowers. It produces fleshy berries which turn orange when they ripen.
Begonia salaziensis is classified as ‘Critically Endangered’, its population has reduced over the past years and the species is restricted to a few localities. The plant, however, is easy to propagate and can be used in landscape and restoration projects.
Begonias do not have true petals but colorful sepals.
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