Wavy Watermelon Begonia
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Wavy Watermelon Begonia
P Introduced Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Wavy Watermelon Begonia
Botanical name: Procris repens    Family: Urticaceae (Nettle family)
Synonyms: Pellionia repens (Lour.) Merr., Procris gibbosa, Pellionia daveauana

Wavy Watermelon Begonia is neither water melon or begonia. It is an evergreen perennial that typically grows to 4 ft tall but spreads to 2 ft wide via stems that root where the touch the ground. It is grown as a houseplant, often in hanging baskets, because of its attractive foliage. It has fleshy, greenish-pink stems with elliptic to oblong, wavy-edged leaves up to 2.5 inches long. Leaves are a variable gray-green, with dark green along the edges and variably sized light green to silver patches in the middle. Below, the leaves have purplish margins and are sometimes tinged with pink. Small greenish flowers are not prominent and rarely appear on indoor plants. Wavy Watermelon Begonia is native to Southeast Asia.

Identification credit: Mohanan M.P. Photographed in Courtallam, Tamil Nadu & Palakkad, Kerala.

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