Begonia

Begonia (named after M. Begon). Begonidcecz. Ei.i:Pna.\"r's EAR. Bssrsresx Ganamum. A large ge nus of very popular and useful plants for the house, conservatory and garden. Succulent herbs or under shrubs, having the stern in some cases reduced to a thick rhizome, in others to a distinct small tuber, while a few others possess a semi-tuber, in which there are a number of closely set scales or suppressed lvs., resembling bulbs: lvs. variable, alternate, more or less unequal sided, entire, or lobed, or toothed, ovate-acuminate, or biculur or peltate : fls. usually in axillary cymes, mome cious, large; males usually with 4 petals, females with 5 (rarely 2), pink, white, rose, scarlet, yellow, and all shades of these, being represented ; stamens numerous ; filaments free or united at the base ; styles 2 or 4, free, sometimes connate ; stigmas branched or twisted like a corkscrew : fr. usually a 3-winged capsule, which is often colored; ovary inferior; seeds numerous, very minute. The first Begonia was introduced into England in 1777. Since then, out of the 350 species known, about 150 have proved of value to the horticulturist.