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.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
May Diliman pa ba sa Diliman?
Diliman fern on a lattice.
Other ferns in collection
Did you know that Diliman in Quezon City was named after a fern? I only found out about it a few years ago. I always thought that Diliman was named because it always rains there, always getting too cloudy. But I was corrected as the place where U.P. stands is named after Stenochalena palustris, a climbing fern once abundant in the area. But Diliman, the district, being too developed, I am not anymore expecting to see a wild diliman fern growing in its vicinity.
The leaf fronds
But this afternoon I went to a private garden in Quezon city and rediscovered the diliman fern. Fern man Anthony Arbias, who was with us, identified the species. The specimen was healthy and growing profusely on a lattice trellis in one quiet corner. It is not a wild specimen but nevertheless, it was the original diliman growing in South Triangle, Diliman. So there is indeed still some diliman ferns in Diliman district!