Violet Beauty Begonia ©  by Dawn M. Becker

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Tuberous begonias (Begonia × tuberhybrida Voss) are a group of Begonia cultivars, regarded as some of the most spectacular of the genus.
One of the first hybrids produced was B. x sedenii in 1870, a cross between B. boliviensis, collected by botanist Richard Pearce and a species from the Andes. Another species from Peru, B.davisii (named after Walter Davis), was also used in early breeding. With over 1,500 species, Begonia is one of the ten largest angiosperm genera. The species are terrestrial (sometimes epiphytic) herbs or undershrubs and occur in subtropical and tropical moist climates, in South and Central America, Africa and southern Asia. Terrestrial species in the wild are commonly upright-stemmed, rhizomatous, or tuberous. The plants are monoecious, with unisexual male and female flowers occurring separately on the same plant, the male containing numerous stamens, the female having a large inferior ovary and two to four branched or twisted stigmas. In most species the fruit is a winged capsule containing numerous minute seeds, although baccate fruits are also known. The leaves, which are often large and variously marked or variegated, are usually asymmetric (unequal-sided).
Because of their sometimes showy flowers of white, pink, scarlet or yellow color and often attractively marked leaves, many species and innumerable hybrids and cultivars are cultivated. The genus is unusual in that species throughout the genus, even those coming from different continents, can frequently be hybridized with each other, and this has led to an enormous number of cultivars. The American Begonia Society classifies begonias into several major groups: cane-like, shrub-like, tuberous, rhizomatous, semperflorens, rex, trailing-scandent, or thick-stemmed. For the most part these groups do not correspond to any formal taxonomic groupings or phylogeny and many species and hybrids have characteristics of more than one group, or fit well into none of them.

I love the arts…nature…animals…
I find my peace while photographing
the beauty around me…
sunrises, sunsets, trees, flowers, animals,
the lake, architecture…
I also like to draw and back in the 80s, I loved all of the work by
Patrick Nagel, and I was doing drawings like his!!!

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  • sharlee
    sharleeover 4 years ago

    Is this a begonia..? What did you do.. this is lovely!

  • TY very much…I can’t remember what flower this is. I used PS on it…changed the color, softened it… :-)

    – Dawn M. Becker

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • TY for accepting :-)

    – Dawn M. Becker

  • Brenda Burnett
    Brenda Burnettover 4 years ago

    How beautiful. Wonderful work. Brenda

  • TY much Brenda :-) …do you know what type of flower this is???

    – Dawn M. Becker

  • Sherri     Nicholas
    Sherri Nic...over 4 years ago

    Gee, I heard that those Eastsider girls really love flowers and do such a wonderful job of creating…lol…beautiful..just beautifull East sider…
    Sherri :):)

  • heehee…la de da de da…TY very much Sherri…I do seem to like flowers!!! They are so beautiful and bring such wonderful colors to life!!! :-)

    – Dawn M. Becker

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsover 4 years ago

    another gorgeous shot girl. :)))

  • TY much cookie :-)

    – Dawn M. Becker

  • KazM
    KazMover 4 years ago

    Beautiful Bloom
    Marvellously Mauve
    Clever Capture & Composition

    Interesting Info

  • TY much :-)

    – Dawn M. Becker

  • Jurmale
    Jurmaleover 4 years ago

    What a beauty again my friend!! Gorgeous!

  • TY much Paul :-)

    – Dawn M. Becker

  • © Pauline Wherrell
    © Pauline Wher...over 4 years ago

    Gorgeous – love the colours!

  • TY much Pauline :-)

    – Dawn M. Becker

    JUSTARTover 4 years ago

    lovely shot, great colours

  • TY much :-)

    – Dawn M. Becker

  • GregTS
    GregTSover 4 years ago

    Stunning colors, flower, detail & photography!! Great photo!! AS always, enjoy the
    Greg :-)

  • TY much Greg :-)

    – Dawn M. Becker

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