Begonia Identification Pictures: How To Use Begonia Leaves To Help Identify The Begonia Class?
The first thing one must do when trying to identify a plant is to look at its leaves. They are the most obvious feature of any plant. When looking at a plant’s leaves, it will give off clues which may help you identify it easily.
A plant with many leaves or clusters of leaves will usually have a different species than other plants. A few examples are the common begonias (Begonia spp.), the purple begonias (B. purpurea), and the golden begonias (B.
corymbosa). These three types of plants all grow from two kinds of flowers, but they each have their own unique appearance and characteristics.
If you want to learn more about how to tell them apart, read our guide on How To Tell Begonia Plants Apart. If you’re still not sure what kind of plant it is, then try using the following tips:
Look at the bottom of the leaves. Look at the underside of the leaves. See if there are any dark spots or streaks on them.
Are these spots circular or oval? Is there a white spot near each edge? Are their lots of them?
This can mean three things. The spots could be the eggs of a leaf miner or the larva of a moth. They could also mean you have a fungal disease attacking your plant. Most likely, however, they are the slime trails of slugs and snails. You can safely remove this evidence since it has no effect other than to tell you what has been on your plant.
Are the edges of the leaves smooth or jagged? Are they pointed or rounded? Have you ever seen plants with edges like these?
With only these clues, you can probably eliminate some plants. For example, jagged leaves are not typical of most ferns. Rounded leaves are not typical of most palms. However, you may still not be sure what kind of plant it is. In this case, try looking at other parts of the plant for more clues.
The stem of your plant may also have clues for you. For instance, it may have thorns. You can safely eliminate most common houseplants from having thorns since most do not have them. Other plants that may or may not have thorns include the following: adenium, aloe, begonia, cactus, calla lily, and croton.
You can also look at other parts of the plant for more clues.
Look at the stem of your plant.
Are there any strange things on it?
For example, a cactus may have tiny hairs or small spines coming out of it. Many types of weeds have hairs. These are actually specialized structures known as trichomes and serve to protect the plant from being eaten by animals and help it collect water from the atmosphere.
Are there any rings on the stem? If there are, can you tell how old they are?
An example of a plant that has rings on the stem is the target tree (mimosa).
If you break the stem, does it reveal a contrasting color inside?
If it does, then the stem is called succulent. This means that it has been able to store water in it to act as a water tank for dry periods. Succulents may have strange things growing on them such as tiny hairs, small spines, or tubers.
You can also look at the leaves and stalks of your plant. Some plants store energy in their stalks.
Have you noticed any strange things on the stalk?
These may be tubers. They’re like little storage units for the plant. They help it get through dry periods. Other things that may be on the base of the leaf or stalk are little bulges or swollen parts. These are water tanks and help the plant store water when it is available.
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