Seed production in begonia species associated with the development of common cultivated forms.

The Begonia collection at the OPGC consists primarily of clonal plants.  However, various accessions have produced seed and a concerted effort has been made to generate seed of as many accessions as possible.  In an effort to understand more about the seed biology of Begonia, and its potential for long-term storage, a series of studies were undertaken to characterize the seed in terms of germination requirements and accelerated aging.  This project has been part of Steven Haba's Masters thesis.