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I can't remember what plant this flower comes from. Might be a type of begona (Begonia boliviensis?) but anyway, it reminds me of a sailing boat.

Ansellia africana is a contender for the driest growing epiphytic orchid from Africa. It is the only epiphytic orchid not only in Botswana but in Namibia as well. It is sometimes found growing on Baobab trees. Here's an awesome habitat photo of Ansellia africana.


As is ideally suited for growing on trees here in Southern California. It would be really really great to see these growing epiphytically at our local botanical gardens...rather than in large pots sitting on the ground...not going to mention any names...The LA Arboretum :D


The one in the photo had three spikes this year...but only two are visible in the photo. Unfortunately, the flowers get in my way when I climb the tree so they get kinda beat up.


Ansellia africana has two types of roots. One type crawls along the branch and the other type grows straight up in the air and creates a liter "basket". This liter basket captures falling leaves and branches. The basket is super convenient for sowing all types of seeds and adding succulent cuttings to. Last year, as one of my crazy experiments, I sowed a gazillion seeds from my largest Echeveria all over the tree. You can see one of the larger seedlings very happily growing in the Ansellia's basket...several larger seedlings growing in the Dendrobium speciosum's basket and another large seedling growing beneath a Begonia boliviensis.


This Echeveria forms a very thick and tall stalk. The one in my front yard has a stalk perhaps around 2' tall. Of course I couldn't resist attaching an orchid to it!


It will be interesting to see what happens when the Echeveria growing in the Ansellia's root basket starts developing a trunk. Perhaps the Ansellia will attach its roots to the Echeveria's trunk. Or perhaps I'll attach an orchid to its trunk.

A Bon Bon Sherbet begonia in morning bloom.

Begonia boliviensis 'Firecracker' (Family: Family: Begoniaceae)

Begonia boliviensis 'Firecracker' (Family: Family: Begoniaceae)

The Firecracker Begonia finally sprouted this weekend, even though I doubted that they would. They are so tiny and there are so many of them!!!


Compare the sprouts to the tip of a pen.

Thanks to Bárbol for the ID.

Begonia Boliviensis Bonfire. It finally bloomed over the summer.

Dang man! This is one great Begonia! How come I didn't add it sooner?? Each week it has more flowers so I was strongly tempted to wait another week to share a photo of it. But that's what I've been doing for the past several months...


It's not an epiphyte (that I know of) but it sure is happy on the tree. It's growing on the shady side of the tree...more than one story up. I created a pocket for it using coco fiber basket liner. The pocket is stuffed with a couple handfulls of New Zealand Sphagnum.


It's relatively drought tolerant. Recently I've been watering every other night. However, during our last hotspell I missed a watering and the next day the boliviensis was slightly wilty. But it perked up just fine after I watered that night.


Growing immediately beneath the boliviensis is an orchid... Cyrtochilum serratum. The serratum is doing really well and has beautiful pseudobulbs...but it has yet to bloom. Even though it has the opportunity to crawl towards the sunny side of the tree, it seems to just want to stay on the shady side. Maybe the recent winters haven't been cold enough to encourage it to bloom.


Beneath the orchid is an Echeveria that grew from seeds that I sowed on the tree last year. You can see another one growing in the root basket of the Ansellia africana. I had no idea that Echeverias were so easy to grow from seed.

I love this species! Good blooming this year after a good repotting.

Atlanta Botanical Garden; Fuqua Orchid Center


A vertical plant wall using Begonia boliviensis, Philodendron, Ficus, Chlorophytum, Anthuriums.

The Firecracker Begonia finally sprouted this weekend, even though I doubted that they would. They are so tiny and there are so many of them!!!

Title: Florists' review [microform]

Identifier: 5205536_39_2

Year: 1912 (1910s)


Subjects: Floriculture

Publisher: Chicago : Florists' Pub. Co

Contributing Library: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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18 The Florists* Review March 1. 1917. SEASONABLE SUGGESTIONS FOR SOUTHERN FLORISTS MUMS IN THE SOUTH. Now is a good time to begin to take t'hrysanthoniuin cuttings, especially of the early varieties, and particularly in those sections where the bulk of the crop is grown outdoors. A deep cold- frame is the best place in which to prop- agate the cuttings, in the warm sections, and a mixture of half sand and half charcoal dust is the best propagating ma- terial. The cuttings will require shading during the day, but the cover should be removed at night, to allow the dew to settle on the cuttings. The main thing to remember when propagating in a cold- frame is to do all necessary watering after removing the shade at night. The cuttings root readily during March. Later they have a tendency to rot, com- mencing at the top of the shoot. If the cuttings are taken just a little bit hard and the tops pinched out, no trouble will be experienced. In the cooler sections of the south cuttings will root readily in the samef bed in which carnations are propagated. Propagation can be continued during the hot weather of May and June if some lath shutters are placed on the roof over the bed, the beds kept well shaded and the little plants given plenty of water. L. EASTEE PLANTS IN SOUTH. With Easter only six weeks away, southern growers can now make a rea- sonably correct estimate as to whether their stock will be in flower at that date. The great staples in the south are lilies, hydrangeas, azaleas, spiraeas and bulb- ous stock. If the lilies and hydrangeas are showing buds now, they will be in good time if kept in a night temperature of 60 degrees. In the cooler sections more heat can be given, and then the plants may be hardened off for two weeks in a cool, shaded house. Hydran- geas should be given manure water twice a week from now until the flowers show- color. Spiraas need about nine weeks to come into flower. They should be start- ed cool and then advanced into warmer quarters as they progress. They will stand hard forcing if necessary, but they will be better if grown in a tem- perature not exceeding 60 degrees at night. They require plenty of water. Azaleas will flower almost naturally for Easter. If they have been kept in a coldframe during the winter, three weeks in a greenhouse temperature will develop the flowers. Almost all of the bulbous stock for this holiday will bloom in ten to fourteen days after uncovering. Lilies, hydrangeas and all bulbous stock have a better appearance when tied to neat, green stakes with green raffia. L. MODERN TUBEROUS BEGONIAS. nia, with its large, waxy flowers of va- rious colors, says the bulletin, has no equal for an indoor display. The begonia was named after a French patron of botany, M. Begon, and the term "tuberous" is applied because the group possesses perennial rootstocks. Thirty-five years ago the i)lant was just beginning to attract popular attention. At that time a number of hybrid forms were introduced, and the evolution since then has resulted in the production of varieties with large-sized blooms as double as a rose. At present nearly every imaginable tint is being shown, as well as many shapes, which often pre- sent an extraordinary similarity to other flowers, such as the camellia, rose, hollyhock, carnation and peony. In a great many varieties the petals arc round, in some short and narrow, while in others they are fine and frilled; some- times they are loose and open and often the reverse is true. Many of the flow- ers are flat when open, a few are anem- one-centered, and others are globular, pyramidal or elliptical. The plant blooms continuously from June to Octo- ber, the duration of the individual flow- ers varying from three to six weeks from the time of opening. Parents of Modem Begonias. The first species concerned in the parentage of the present-day forms was Begonia Boliviensis, which was intro- duced into England from Bolivia in 1864. It is characterized by long, nar- row leaves and scarlet, fuchsia-like flow- ers. This species has recently been crossed with some of the double and single forms and has given rise to a type with long, pendulous stems and drooping flowers, which is suitable for hanging baskets. The next species to be introduced was Begonia Pearcei, also from Bolivia, in 1866. The plant has large yellow flow- ers in axillary panicles and has been the chief factor in the production of hundreds of yellow, buff and orange forms. In 1867 B. rosseflora was brought from Peru. It bears large rose-red flow- ers and has prov^ed to be important in the creation of some of the white forms, the best known of these being the Queen of the Whites. The s&me year B. Veitchii followed, with its round, vermilion-tinted flowers, to which many of our present-day varieties owe their coloring. In 1876 B. Clarkei and B. Davisii were introduced. The former lias rose-colored blossoms, and the latter, a dwarf plant with smooth, glossy fo- [CoDtlDued on pa^e 123.]


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Their Hybridization and Culture. A recent bulletin from the Missouri Botanical Garden contains some inter- esting information on the hybridization and culture of the tuberous begonia. During the summer the tuberous bego- Murfreesboro, Tenn.—The Jetton Flo- ral Co. has recently completed a new greenhouse. Gulfport, Miss.—The Mills Farms Co., one of the largest seed firms in this part of the United States, is plant- ing forty acres in satSuma oranges. The trees are Mississippi grown. Tampa. Fla.—The Knull Floral Co. put a new delivery truck into service just before Christmas and reports it is prov- ing a good advertisement as well as a means of quick action on an order. The truck is unusual in that it is pure white except for the trimming. New Orleans, La.—Frank J. Reyes, who claims the distinction of having furnished more wedding bouquets than any other man in New Orleans during his twenty years' career as a florist, has purchased the interests of his partner, Peter Ackerman, and is planning big things for his business. Waco, Tex.—Through the efforts of the Lions' Club, February 22 was ob- served here as rose-planting day, the movement having the official recognition of the mayor and the town's civic work- ers. Several of the department stores held mammoth sales of 2-year-old rose plants. At the club's banquet in the evening speakers gave cultural direc- tions to amateurs. Tifton, Ga.—M. F. Myers, of the My- ers Seed & Plant Co., reports that nearly all his plants were killed by the recent cold wave. Montgomery, Ala. — The Rosemont Gardens reports business this season the best in its history. Only a small part of the business is local, cut flowers be- ing sent throughout the south, with a large mail order business in plants. Reidsyille, N. C—Mrs. W. T. Barber is erecting a greenhouse of the Monin- ger semi-iron type, .30x50 feet. The weather has been unusually cold here. The mercury fell to 3 degrees above zero February 6, the coldest known in thirty- seven years. Savannah, Ga.—The florists in this section lost heavily in the February freeze. There are several establishments with only rudimentary heating equip- ment, for little heat usually is needed. A. C. Oelschig, whose establishment has been considered well equipped, lost quite heavily, one item being about 10,- 000 plants of Ficus elastica. The rubber plant is Mr. Oelschig's specialty and it is probable that he is the largest grower of it in the United States. The high uiud that accompanied the drop in the temperature proved Mr. Oelschig's un- doing, for it made it impossible to heat the exposed parts of hi? range.


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Begonia boliviense in a hanging basket at front door

Stamens fused into a column.

Home, Maryland, 6 May 2009

Cultivating hats for fellow gnomes

Begonia boliviensis 'Bellfire'


We bought this plant in a hanging basket in the summer of 2009. That Fall we threw it in the compost. It started to bloom in the compost in the summer of 2010. We have treated it with great respect ever since.

This plant always bloom so nicely for me each year. It's a nice contrast to the dark foliage of the Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy'.

The SF Bay area is a superb place to grow high-elevation Andean plants. My partner and I are really taking advantage of our good fortune of living in Berkeley by growing many ornamentals and food crops from the Andes. There are so many wonderful, colourful flowering plants to choose from such as this ostentatious Begonia species, Begonia boliviensis. This plant is really quite easy to grow and puts on an unforgettable show once a year. Its flowers are long-lasting and super-saturated with colour.


In the background is our planting of oca (Oxalis tuberoa). yacón (Smallanthus sonchifolius), and mashua (Tropaeolum tuberosum ), all important (and delicious!) crops from the Andes that thrive in this climate. They emerged from dormancy last month and have been growing rapidly.


Let me tell you how good THIS drink was!


June 26, 2009

begonia boliviensis "Bonfire" with mixed coleus basket in background.


photo by Mark Adsit

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Schloss Trauttmansdorff, Meran, IT


Begonia boliviensis 'Bonfire' / Begonie / Begonia

This is a really pretty begonia. It's straggly, so I am going to cut the bulb this winter. You can see another begonia in the background.

This one went dormant in the winter and returned to be twice the size it was last year! The show is fantastic and lasts for many months. This one is on a little table right outside of my front door and has been blooming for so long that I don't even notice it anymore. I still love it though! :)

Begonia boliviensis 'Crackling Fire Pink'

Garden tour near Baltimore, Maryland. This garden descended into a wooded, heavily shaded ravine. Perennial Plant Association symposium, 29 July 2015

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