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Begonia picta

Widely distributed throughout the Himalayas and the Indian Subcontinent, to Pakistan, Tibet and Burma between 700 and 2900 m, this dwarf Begonia is found on shaded rocky cliffs, ledges and outcrops, often growing in just tiny crevices between the rocks. Its heart shaped leaves are green or more commonly exhibit a dramatic wine red mottling, sometimes a pattern from the center or the edges of the leaf. The small flowers are light pink. During the cold and dry winters, the plant is leafless and dormant. It makes a pretty ornamental for cool or warm temperate areas in USDA Zones 8 to 10. The sour leaves are edible, raw or boiled, and the leaf stalks are traditionally pickled in the Himalayas. It also has a variety of uses in traditional medicine. The tiny seeds can be a bit slow and erratic to germinate.

 
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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches


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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.


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