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.
Monday, August 15, 2011
The Big One, the White One, the Stinky One
Quick Post:Amorphophallus seems to be claiming a lot of superlatives in terms of descriptions. Apart from being one of the largest inflorescence and the stinkiest flower, I think it attempts to claim the title - the largest aroid - from its cousins Alocasia, Cyrtosperma and Colocasia.
Yesterday at the Sidcor Sunday market we chanced upon a very large specimen of pungapung or Amorphophallus paenifolius being sold at one of the stalls. Even giant-fern-and-aroid addict and PNPCSI president Anthony Arbias could not contain himself to have a picture beside this humongous representative of one of his beloved genera. He served as scale indicator to show how big this pungapung is. I wonder how big the flower of this specimen would reach, and how intense its smell would be!.
Giant aroid and the giant-fern enthusiast
Another wonder is this small specimen with variegation we saw in an enthusiast's collection. Amorphophallus is not the most attractive (certainly not the most fragrant, hehehe) but a variegated specimen would definitely be also one for the books. A real plant oddity with the rare mutation is certainly a treasure, probably one of the most sought after for plant lovers!