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Begonia Ferox vs. Melanbulliata (Vietnam Ferox)

Ray Moayeri
6 months ago
last modified: 6 months ago

I am curious whether someone definitively know the difference between the two varieties, Begonia Ferox vs. Malanbulliata (Vietnam Ferox). The only thing I know for certain is that the 'standard' Ferox is considerably more pricey than the Melanbulliata, also I believe the Melanbulliata is larger.

I at first thought the standard Ferox has burgundy spikes with white hair, instead of the black spikes. However it seems this is possibly just a matter of the plant's age?

Does anyone have experience with one, or both of these Begonia species, who can clarify the distinctions? I would greatly appreciate it!

Comments (2)

  • hc mcdole
    6 months ago

    From what I have read and seen is melanobullata is more pronounced than ferox when it comes to the bullate (the spikes in other words) but they do look a lot alike. What I don't get is why melanobullata is half the price of ferox (sold out) at Steve's Leaves.

    I have seen these on some of the recent conventions and one of our member's greenhouse. Nice but pricey.

    Ray Moayeri thanked hc mcdole
  • Ray Moayeri
    Original Author
    6 months ago

    Thank you for the clarification! I actually got a good deal for a Mallanbulliata an My Home Nature. They also have some other pretty unique plants (not to mentiona animals hah) Though due to fees and high minimum shipping charges, you've got to make a fair sized purchase for a good value. So I'm curious, maybe the standard Ferox is just rarer? Thanks again!