Flowers were everywhere, probably because it was also the blooming season for most tropical plants. Species seem to have a more vigorous growth in the highlands enjoying the good temperature and moisture. Most plants seemed to be in steroids especially the vines, which had profuse flowers. One plant which is proudly Pinoy was in full display mode, which rarely does so in lower altitudes like in Metro Manila. Too bad because it has such unique pendant inflorescence which is bluish green, which is a rare color in most flowers. This is tayabak or Strongylodon macrobotrys, the famed Philippine-endemic jade vine.
I have seen jade vines before but have not seen specimens with more than 3 flower clumps. The sprays of jade sickle-shaped blooms are impressive enough as it is, but to see a whole trellis full of them wa really spectacular. The plants in both Sonya's Garden and Calle Ruega were in their element that day, superbly providing the already awesome landscape with an added wow factor. For me, coming to the trip was already worth the effort just seeing the jade vines. But knowing these Philippine forest marvels are already out there for people to cherish and enjoy was elation to the max!