Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Interesting Fruiting Natives in U.P.
Quickpost: I forgot to post this last month. Cel Tungol and I had lunch with the treeman of MSI (U.P. Marine Science Institute), Prof. Ed Gomez. He is the frontrunner in native plant advocacy in the university and the metro. As we made our way to ROC in Bahay ng Alumni, we passed by the main library area and found a few exciting natives in fruit, the endemic baguilumbang (Reutealis trisperma), balitbitan (Cynometra ramiflora) and dungon (Heritiera sylvatica). In true hardcore tree advocate fashion, both Cel and the professor dirtied their hands in picking up the ripe seeds and sprouting seedlings, to be planted as propagation material. A few more tree hopefuls saved from the blades of the U.P. grass cutters.