The Begonia Family

There are two genera in this family with around 1,000 species. Most of the plants are herbaceous perennials with a few climbing types. They generally originated from tropical or subtropical areas of North America and South America but some are adapted to temperate zones too. The majority of plants are monoecious and have succulent stems with thick rhizomes or tubers.

Orange Trumpet
Trumpet Tree
Pink Trumpet Vine

Note on Taxonomy - Plant taxonomy is the art and science of classifying plants into groupings in order to help people make sense of the huge diversity found in the world. The people who do this for a living are called taxonomists. They are continually evaluating and re-evaluating how plants are classified. For example, with the recent emergence of DNA analysis, many plants have been changing classification.

Also, there is no one, single universal classification system for plants. Rather, there is a lot of debate among taxonomists which may lead to confusion for the average gardener. That is why, in these family listings, you often see the words "about" or "around" when counting the number of genera or species to include. It is also why new families are created and some of the old ones suddenly fade away. So, don't be surprised if you find slightly different information at other sites or sources. Oh, well.


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