Hello folks! I hope this post finds you all well. I have been going down my list of plants, one by one, adding new pages, updating published pages, and publishing drafts. I finally made to the B’s and ran across an interesting name.
In 2013, when I had my first Belmont Rooster blog, I had a Begonia that was given to me by the owner of Pleasant Acres Nursery in Leland, Mississippi. She gave me two cuttings from this AWESOME Begonia but didn’t know the name. Thanks to a follower of my blog, the Begonia was finally named.
He suggested it was Begonia ‘Brazilian Lady’ and he was right. Yesterday when I was doing further research so I could publish its page, I did further research and found out something very strange… The correct name is Begonia x withlacoochee ‘Brazilian Lady’. I know what I think of when I see the word coochee, but who would name a plant after… I will stop there. Maybe I should look that word up on Google images and see if I am even on the right page. Maybe in a private window just in case. GEEZ! I thought so… Well, there are other meanings and it just depends on what you are thinking. The Wikipedia reminded me of various uses for the term in whole or in part. I cannot share that link, though, because this is a family show.
At first, I thought that was a very strange species name and thought surely it was just some made up name. Then, I found it on the EOL (Encyclopedia of Life) website, which is an “official” website. What further verified it as a correct hybrid name was that the information on EOL was submitted by none other than the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh…
Then I thought that was kind of strange because the Royal Botanic Garden is Kew, or at Kew, in London, England. SO, I had to look into that. This is what I found out…
Royal Botanic Garden-Kew in London England. Kew is involved in A LOT of extensive work and there are many divisions and websites including the Plants of the World Online and the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. They work with MANY other organizations including the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh is the second oldest botanic garden in Britain, located in Edinburgh, Scotland and founded in 1670.
Royal Botanic Garden Sidney in Australia
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Two locations in Melbourne and Cranbourne in Australia
Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid (Spanish for Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid). The garden was founded in 1755 by King Ferdinand VI.
Royal Botanical Garden in Ontario, Canada.
I also found this website from Kew called State of the World’s Plants. Reports from 2016 and 2017 are available. I was stuck on this website for a while… INCREDIBLE! 1,730 new plant discoveries in 2016 with photos and locations It only shows a few on the website and I didn’t download the chapter. 225 plant species now have whole genome sequences and that is just the beginning. 28,187 species are recorded as being of medicinal use. Around 340 million hectares of the earth’s vegetated surface burns every year. There are 6,075 species now documented as being invasive. There is a lot more on this website.
GEEZ! This post was supposed to be about the Begonia x withlacoochee ‘Brazilian Lady’ not the Royal Botanic Garden!
The last two times I started the Belmont Rooster blog it seemed I was finished adding all the pages within a few weeks. Do you realize this time I started in January 2017 and have just barely finished a few pages?
It seems I get fascinated and have to learn more and more. That is truly a research disorder and the only cure is research. There are a few other areas of interest I had and have that I designate time for and it has been good to look at other areas. We live in a whole HUGE magnificent universe and there is truly a lot of exploring to do. I just wish I had found out many, many years ago some of the things I know now.
Dad watches the news and tells me this and that is going on. I sometimes read the headlines but rarely the entire articles on my homepage. I don’t even thinking about the US being attacked by North Korea or any other country because I don’t believe it will ever happen. If someone attacked our home and I went outside and saw my Phlomis on fire, it would not be a good thing… OH, my Phlomis!!! I need to make a post about the Phlomis… Nearly everything is dead or dormant except for my Phlomis because I have been covering it up at night with a big flower pot. Guess what else? Last time I checked, the Leptinella squalida ‘Platt’s Black’ was also still alive. When temps were going to drop last week, I covered it up with shredded leaves. I need to check on it. Maybe with the flashlight tonight. Just kidding, I may wait until tomorrow.
Well, I better stop so I can get this post published. I have this imprint on my mind now of what I just saw on Google images, but it doesn’t require further research. I have work to do.
SO, for now, stay happy, healthy, awesome, positive and GET DIRTY!!!