Begonia picta Sm., Exot. Bot. 2: 81 1806. (syn. Begonia echinata Royle);
Assam; Bangladesh; East Himalaya; India; West Himalaya as per Catalogue of Life;
Indian Subcontinent as per WCSP;


Flora of Chakrata: Begonia sp from Chakrata Mussoorie Road:
Begonia sp from Chakrata Mussoorie Road
My id B picta

Yes … is correct. This is Begonia picta, a very common herb in rock crevices and mist places both in Eastern and Western Ghats.

Flora of Chakrata 2013- Begonia picta : Attachments (4). 4 posts by 3 authors.
This common Begonia was shot from many locations in the area this AugustBegonia picta Sm.

Beautiful delicate beauty. It lights up the shady moist darker corners on steep slopes.
Not only the flowers but leaves are also colourful.


Begonia picta (Male flowers) | Chakrata : Attachments (1). 3 posts by 3 authors.

Nice find and beautiful photographs. I think … has also shared this plant few days back…

Painted Leaf Begonia : 2 posts by 2 authors.
Last Sunday I photographed this Painted Leaf Begonia (Begonia picta) to share with you. Local villagers collect the leaves to make a tangy chutney. Along with the Three-petal Begonias (Begonia dioica) these monopolise much of the mountain slopes.
Painted Leaf Begonia (Begonia picta)
Above Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
At about 1800m
31 August 2014


Begonia picta? ABJUL01/23 : 3 posts by 2 authors. 4 images.

Found these near the town this morning. The stalks and the back of the flowers were covered in white hair and the flowers were very light pink, almost white, similar to that of B. dioica. The leaves were still green and hence difficult to tell for certain that they were B. picta leaves. Next to the flowering plant there were several mature picta leaves, pointing logically that my plant was of the same species, but I could be wrong. Please advise.
Begonia picta, Painted Leaf Begonia–Please confirm.
Above Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
26 July 2015.
A mature Painted Leaf nearby;

Thanks, …, for such wonderful captures.

This one is more certain to be B. picta.
The underside of a ‘Painted Leaf’ photographed in July.
3 images.

Found a large bumblebee (don’t know which kind) rollicking inside a B. picta collecting nectar and coating itself with pollen. I have several pictures of Begonias to share and questions to ask too. I will post more soon.
1 image

very nice tricolored bumble bee with orange yellow and black
the orange can be reddish, as in you bee
lovely and yes its b. picta

The male and female flowers (five petalled) of B. picta occur on the same plant very often. Please correct me if I am mistaken. 2 images.

all begonias that i have grown or seen very often in gardens are all monoecious..
i.e. male and female flowers occur in the same plant
b picta is no exception
some hybrids have “double ” flowers and single flowers … male and female respectively…
the pacific bulb society has a nice page

Thank you … for clarifying this.


Begonia picta : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)
Sharing from the spot Sundarijal Nepal some pictures of B. picta shot just now at 5300 ft!

Thanks, … I find them a bit different from … images at Begonia picta

Is it another sp?

Thank you … I think … is correct in identifying it as Begonia picta.

Adding a couple of habitat pictures of Begonia picta shot at Kavresthali Tarakeswar Nepal on 27 August 2916 at 6000 ft.
Attachments (2)


Begonia picta Sm. ??? : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (8)
Location: Peace Pagoda, Pokhara, Nepal 

Date : 11 August 2017
Altitude : 3400 ft.

Yes, matches with images at Begonia picta Sm.

SK851 05 Nov-2017:ID : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)
Location:  Deurali, Dolkha, Nepal
Date: 6 September 2017
Elevation : 7700 ft.
Begonia … ???

I think Begonia picta again.

begonia picta by definition is pictured leaf. i dont see any other color other then green unless what looks like light reflection//hiighlights in this pictures by the presentor is really colored areas. no way to know. how can the we have much confidence in the naming?

B. picta is very variable species, especially with respect to leaf variegation. However this plant has fewer stamens arranged asymmetrically. Not sure! 

SK28JUL3-2016:ID : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Enclosing some pictures for identification Begonia spp.
Location :Dolakha Nepal
Altitude:  7000 ft.
Date: 26 July 2014

Thanks, … Pl. check at Begonia for comparative images of species at efi. 

I checked but could not find exact resemblance!

Begonia picta ???

May be as per images at Begonia picta


SK711 13 AUG-2017:ID : 7 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)- 1 MB each.

Location: Soureni, Mirik, India
Date: 25 May 2017
Altitude: 4200 ft.
Begonia  ????

I also think so. 

Was it cultivated ?
Pl. check comparative images at Begonia

It is wild !

Pl. check comparative images at Begonia

I could not find a match.

at Morjai Plataeu, Kolhapur in month of Sept.’09?;
a picture for you – efloraofindia | Google Groups

Fwd: Begonia trichocarpa : Attachments (3). 5 posts by 4 authors.
This particular Begonia was spotted on the cliffs en-route Vishalgad.
Bot. name: Begonia trichocarpa
Family: Begoniaceae
Common name: Pandhari Shimpli
Location: En-route Vishalgad.

this is wonderful find and very beautiful begonia.

efi thread  ??

To me appears close to images at Begonia picta

Yes, that is B. picta I think. B. trichocarpa is from southern India (


Begonia picta Sm : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (7)
Location: Raniban, Balaju, Nepal
Altitude:  4900 ft.
Date: 13 September 2018
Habit : Wild 
Begonia picta once again !

my first response was PICTA with plain green leaves and white flowers? but a bit of digging got me convinced it does occur. so ok it is

Begonia picta Sm. : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (10)- around 750 kb each.
Location : Balaju, Raniban, Kathmandu
Date : 10 August 2016
Elevation : 1475 m.
Habit : Wild

Yes, B. picta


SK1766 28 Jan 2019 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)- around 900 kb each.
Location : Balaju, Raniban, Kathmandu
Date : 10 August 2016
Elevation : 1475 m.
Habit : Wild
Begonia picta Sm.???
Different colors of leaves.

B. picta


SK1764 28 Jan 2019 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6)- around 600 kb each.
Location : Baslaju, Raniban, Kathmandu
Date : 10 August 2016
Elevation : 1475 m.
Habit : Wild
Begonia picta Sm. ??

Its B. Picta and having red hairs in the B.picta having variegated leaves are very common. While B. picta with just green leaves have white hairs.


SK1765 28 Jan 2019 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)- around 400 kb each.
Location : Balaju, Raniban, Kathmandu
Date : 10 August 2016
Elevation : 1475 m.
Habit : Wild
Begonia picta Sm. ??

seems to be


Re: Begonia picta Sm. : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)- 1 mb each.

First Begonia picta Sm. of the season!
Location: Muhan Pokhari, Nagarkot, Bhaktapur
Date: 03 August   2019
Elevation: 1485 m.
Habit : Wild

Attachments (4)- 1 mb & 2 mb each.


MS,Sept,2021/15 Begonia sp. for id.: 2 + 1 images.
Location : E.Lungdar, Mizoram

Date : 26-08-2020
Habit : Herb
Habitat : Wild

Any open flowers?

Sorry ! Not available sir

Begonia picta Sm.

I think this is probably B. picta


Begonia for Id.: 1 docx file.
Location from Manipur hilly area

Habitat: wild limestone 
Elevation: 1,867m
Please find the attached file  below

Begonia picta Sm. !