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.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
The sea of garden plants
Almost a year after the last, I went back to garden haven, Tabang. After being flood stricken by typhoon Pedring, it is good to see that most of the Tabang plants are safe, alive and kicking. This is after most of the fields and open areas were submerged under water for more than a week. There are still remnants of makeshift sand dikes along the roads. But plant propagation still extends as far as the eye could see. As if there was no evidence of Pedring in the plants except that the prices were up, up, up! As usual there were a lot of plant varieties and what caught my eye this time are the ferns, which usually are hard to rear in hot Bulacan. But there were a few varieties being propagated here including Angiopteris, Polypodiums and of course the ever popular Aspleniums or dapo.
Juxtaposition of male and female
Have you ever heard of dapong lalaki and babae (male and female bird's nest fern)? In garden talk, the Aspleniums are given genders because there are two particular varieties common in the trade. As expected the rounded bird's nest was assigned the female or babaeng dapo monicker while the sharp-and-angular-leafed one became the male or dapong lalaki. From what I have heard, the so called babae and lalaki are not even the same species. If I got it right, babaeng dapo is Asplenium musifolium while lalaking dapo is the more popular Asplenium nidus. They are two distinct species, not genderized versions of one species. Now which do you think command a higher price? The stereotypical female is claimed to be more beautiful, more sought after, therefore more expensive.