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, December 12, 2011
A Bamban Could be Nice Afterall
The potted bamban
I saw this specimen of bamban, probably Donax cannaeformis, in the garden of Patis Tesoro. If potted in a big jar and grown healthy it could be used as a nice ornamental plant. The specimen looked like a fine culmed bamboo. It would take up a big space in your garden though. But then again bamban just grows as a weed in riversides in the provinces. It is free if propagated and would appear garden worthy afterall.
The famous bamban cane
My impression of bamban is that it is used by teachers as punishment stick. Have you heard of the term 'pam-bamban' which means whacking cane. So eversince bamban has a negative reputation to most, especially young kids in provincial public schools. The unruly plant used to punish the unruly. Hehehehe!
But then again a lot of places are also named after bamban, like the town in Tarlac. I am not sure but some say that the root is also used to make uraro cookies. But googling uraro, it says it is sourced from a Maranta and not Donax. But both plants are closely related. So it might be true that the bamban may be used as uraro ingredient, but will still have to confirm it.