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, April 2, 2012
A Carpet of Yellow
Narra flowers on paver
The carpet of yellow narra flowers
Quick Post: It is unusual to see the Ateneo empty of people on a Monday morning. The absence of crowds is compensated with a bright yellow color carpeting the pavements and lawns around campus. Prolific bloomers narra (Pterocarpus indicus) and siar (Peltophorum pterocarpum) were at their best, flashing their golden display of flowers. The sudden blow of the breeze sends thousands of petals showering down onto the few onlookers below the canopy. A spectacle, yet only a few people would get to appreciate its beauty. Just goes to show that the trees bring out their flower not primarily for people to enjoy. In a few more weeks these would turn into pods which carry narra and siar seeds. Thus the blooms would have properly served their purpose to entice...but not humans but the trees' pollinators.