The Begonia family consists of more than 1400 species of tenacious and adaptable plants growing wild in diverse locations. Although some have adapted to dry and cold climates, they are most likely to be found living in low light on moist forest floors and cloud forest habitats in the tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world.
A French monk, Charles Plumier, collected the first wild ‘Begonia’ to be described and drawn. Plumier botanised plants of economic and medical interest on behalf of King Louis the XIVth in the Caribbean in 1689-90. He named the specimen after his patron, the Governor of the French Caribbean colonies, Michel Bégon de La Picardière.