The Philippines is blessed with a very high biodiversity, including the plants living in its remaining forest cover. Trees alone comprise about 3500 species. Just to research on a species a day would take about 10 years to finish all of just the trees. Then there are still the shrubs, herbs, ferns etc. Through this blog we hope to introduce you to some important plants in the forest before they completely disappear because of habitat destruction.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
It is Time for Sambong!
A wild bushy sambong
Is it obvious that I have been house bound because of the rain? For one I have been regularly posting in my blog, in between doing other stuff in my computer and watching the Planet Earth documentaries. Well that is how Philippine climate works for you. You get a little rain and a lot of school holidays. Well, I am not complaining, hehehe.
Since it looks like we are pushing deep into the rainy season, I bet the old folks are already looking for a stash of sambong to usher in the 'cold' season, stress on cold as it doesn't only mean cool weather but also the time for sore throat and runny nose. Reminded me to post pictures of the sambong for easy recognition, if you do decide to go out in the rain and find one.
Sambong or Blumea balsamifera is a Philippine native. I have encountered it as a weed in a lot of places, like the lahar stricken banks of Zambales, watershed Ipo Dam and even the empty lots near U.P. Diliman. The leaves are quite nice with a silvery sheen but the plant is too lanky to qualify as a garden ornamental. But I have visited a lot of households which chose to keep a potted sambong just because of its medicinal value. Tea prepared from the sambong is used to cure cold or act as an expectorant. For more info on its medicinal value, search http://www.stuartxchange.org/Sambong .