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.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The Miniature Bignay
Fruit clump in the palm of my hand
I was in Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife visiting the new office of the Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society. While waiting for my companions to unload the supplies into the room, I visited another plant which I have been watching in the park. It is what the park people call as Antidesma pentandrum or bignai-pugo and yes it is a miniature cousin of the more popular bignay or Antidesma bunius. I was surprised that the plant which I saw last year as only a mere shrub is now a small tree. And the compact crown is covered with miniature clumps of small bignay-like berries. I would love to have one of this in my garden!