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, February 13, 2012
Duguan is a Nutmeg!
The red aril and large seeds of duguan
Duguan fruit from Dangwa
I just found out that my Dangwa find dugo-dugoan is actually called plainly duguan. Bonifacio Passion said it is a nutmeg, probably Myristica philippinensis. Rojo's 'Lexicon of Philippine Trees' indeed state that duguan is M. philippinensis. The fruits have almost all opened up revealing the reddish aril (which may be the reason why it is called duguan or 'bloody') and the large seed. Have planted most of it in a common pot. Hope they will germinate unlike the Knema glomerata seeds I picked up in Laguna.