Begonia blooms in Calicut University Park
Thenhipalam: Begonia plant, one of the rarest and expensive ornamental plants, is the new guest in the park of the University of Calicut. The multicolored flowers and leaves are the iconic feature of the plant. The flowers bloom in bunches separately and give a visual treat.
About 200 plants of 50 varieties collected from the Western Ghats and the northeastern states of Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Assam are grown in the park. Begonia plant that needs humid and cold weather, has been grown here for the past 2 years.
The Begonia Malabarica recorded as ‘Cheirya Narinampuli’ in the Hortus Malabaricus also is grown here. majority of the plants in the park are wild varieties. They are protected using green houses and drip irrigation systems.
Begonia is a type of perennial flowering plants in the family Begoniaceae. More than 1800 varieties of the plant are found in Asia, America and Africa. New plants will sprout from its seed and fleshy stems. Some of them also grow on rocks and tree trunks.
A research on the classification of begonia plants is progressing under the supervision of Dr. A. K. Pradeep, Associate Professor in the Department of Botany.