Friday, June 7, 2013

Lucky Fingers Welcoming Us

Port of Dapa in Siargao Island
Friend pinky looking at the profuse blooms
Flanking terminal office
Bushy specimen
Quick Post: In Dapa Port of Siargao, we were greeted by this rare sight: a galamay-amo or Schefflera odorata in bloom.  The common native plant is regarded by gardeners as a lucky plant depending on  the number of leaflets in a whorl spray, sometimes referred to as six, seven or eight fingers.   A bushy specimen was growing lush on the cyclone fence of the terminal office. It was flowering profusely despite the harsh conditions of coastal growth.  

Flower detail
I see the galamay amo a lot in lowland forests and yes, a lot of times near the beach.  But this is the first time for me to see it in full boom, but cultivated.  It means it could be made to flower in lowland growth but i wonder if it could be grown this attractive in Manila.  I will buy a cultivated specimen once I see one sold in Centris. Hope i could get it to bloom like this.

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