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, November 9, 2011
Bocaue is a Bamboo
Patis with the Metro Home team
I just learned that another place from Bulacan is named after a plant!
I was in PatisTito in San Pablo a few weeks ago, Patis Tesoro graciously hosted the Metro Home team into her rustic home and garden. She gave a quick tour of the grounds and in one corner she showed us a weird bamboo. She told us it is bocawe, from which Bocaue in Bulacan got its name.
I am not sure what the species name of bocawe, but the plant Patis calls bocawe is indeed very impressive and quite unique. It is moderately attractive and weird. It is typically bamboo with the nodal culms. But it is not upright like most bamboos we know. The thick culms are vining and need a support like a trellis or a nearby tree. Bocawe was probably abundant in Bocaue and nearby Meycauayan. It was said to be the material used as spears by early katipuneros (which makes it historically relevant).
The vining bamboo
Incidentally, Bocaue used to be part of Meycauayan - bocawe, the plant, being a kawayan (local name for bamboo). I am not sure if presently there are any bocawe in both these towns.