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, March 12, 2012
My Nice New Little Orchid
Nice specimen of Ascocentrum auranticum
The Flora Filipina is about to end and of course it won't be complete without me getting an exciting plant. I got this wee little orchid with delicate bright orange flowers. Orchid collector Ernie Alvaran said it is Ascocentrum aurantiacum though the seller called it another name. Good thing old reliable Ernie was around to straighten out the mistake. Ernie said that A. aurantiacum is a little bit harder to rear and flower in Metro Manila but it is possible and I am up for the challenge!