The seed was about the size of a walnut but has a very distinct feature, it had two very long wing appendages. The wing pair made the seed appear much bigger than it was. It is an apitong seed. Apitong is one of the pride trees of our Philippine forests, the towering dipterocarp trees. The word dipterocarp comes from the latin words meaning two winged seeds. I tried playing around with the seed, tossing it into the air and true enough the two wings made the seed gyrate to the ground, like a small helicopter toy. I have not planted the seed yet but I will place it in a clay pot and position in a very shaded area (mimicking the canopy shaded floor of the forest where they sprout). Hopefully it will germinate.
Apitong is Dipterocarpus grandiflorus (grand flowered dipterocarp) and is probably one if not the biggest of the dipterocarps. Most of our hardwoods come from cutting down these spectacular age old trees in our forests. If the cutting of these magnificent trees is not controlled, in a few years time the only apitong you could find might be the ones that would germinate from these collected seeds. Deserves another sigh!