Begonia pavonina is a unique and highly prized species of Begonia known for its metallic blue-green leaves. The plant is native to Malaysia and Borneo, where it grows as an understory plant in shaded areas of the forest floor.
The leaves of Begonia pavonina are one of the most striking features of the plant. They are almost iridescent in appearance, with a metallic blue-green color that changes depending on the angle of light. The leaves are also asymmetrical, with a heart-shaped base and a pointed tip.
Begonia pavonina is a relatively small plant, reaching a maximum height of about 30 cm (12 inches). It is a rhizomatous plant, which means it spreads by underground stems called rhizomes. The plant produces small pink or white flowers, but they are not as showy as the foliage.
Begonia pavonina is a challenging plant to grow, as it requires high humidity, warm temperatures, and careful watering. The plant prefers a well-draining soil that is kept consistently moist but not waterlogged. It also requires bright, indirect light, but it must be protected from direct sunlight, as this can burn the leaves.
Propagation of Begonia pavonina can be done by leaf cuttings or by division. It is a slow-growing plant, but with proper care, it can thrive for many years and become a prized addition to any collection of rare or unusual plants.