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, July 14, 2012
Pili Nut or Not
The popular pili
It has been quite a while since I posted seed pictures in the site as I have not been fortunate to find some the last few months. But last week I found 2 interesting species on the Kanawan trail which I was fortunate to collect seeds of. Both seem to be closely related to Canarium ovatum or what they call the pili nut. The species were not confirmed by Uly but he is suspecting that they belong to the pili's botanic family, Burseraceae.
Seed no. 1 from Kanawan
An inch long
The first seeds, or should I say nuts, we encountered barely on the walkway leading to the Kanawan hanging bridge. They were all scattered on the trail and I did not even see the tree where it came from. Seed has a woody cover and 3-sided like the pili nut. It is smaller, just over an inch long, but has prominent lateral segmentations. The Kanawan kids say that the locals string this and use it as a necklace, which is hard to believe as they may make a pretty nice natural bead for jewelry making. We also found some fruit with the fleshy part. It smells like a pili fruit.
Seed no. 2
The second seed is confirmed by Uly as a Canarium but is not sure which species. The fruiting pattern is similar to pagsahingan or Canarium asperum but the fruits are much smaller than the ones I saw on a pagsahingan specimen in the Visayas. Fleshy part smells again like the pili and seeds are also 3 sided. But the size is interestingly much much smaller.