Begonia is a genus in the flowering plant family Begoniaceae. The only other member of the family Begoniaceae is Hillebrandia, a genus with a single species in the Hawaiian Islands. The genus Symbegonia is now included in Begonia. "Begonia" is the common name as well as the generic name for all members of the genus.
The genus name coined by Charles Plumier French patron of botany honours Michel Bégon, a former governor of the French colony of Haiti.
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