Is it just me?
Or are Begonias extremely confusing to everyone? This seems to be a genus where species is hardly ever mentioned, unlike almost all other plants, inside and out.
For the most part these groups do not correspond to any formal taxonomic groupings or phylogeny and many species and hybrids have characteristics of more than one group, or do not fit well in any of them.
How/why did it get like that? So much interbreeding? Are any of the common Begonias an original, non-cultivar species?
It seems really hard to investigate Begonias although I've been a gardener for a long time. Trying to get the hang of the basics of Begonias has me quite confused.
The other question I have is if all wax Begonias are the same? Are they all "Begonia x semperflorens-cultorum?" Is there variations in different batches? Like one crop that has a lot of taller plants, or a crop that tolerates more sun? The way the same parents can have wildly different-looking kids. Obviously I don't know much about genetics and I don't even think I'm asking this right, or if it's a "wrong question," but maybe somebody will know what I mean, set me straight, whatever the case may be.
I would love to know more about this stuff if anyone with info would care to pontificate. Or maybe link to some websites that are hopefully less confusing than the ones I've dabbled in looking at before. I usually catch-on fast enough regarding plants, but Begonias are making me feel dumb. Is this why there are so few responses when people want to ID their Begonia? Still trying to understand if all angel wings are B. coccinea...?