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.
My plant fascination has been lately been replaced by an art-toy craze. Probably why I have not been visiting garden shops and shows for quite some time. But I required my students to visit the Philippine Orchid Society Show so I accompanied a couple of them.
The exhibit area featured the predictable plant booths and displays. The usual suspects were also present like Purificacion Orchids, Cactus and Succulent Society and some more. But in one corner, I find a gallery of the infamous waling-waling orchid, painted by my friend Bimbo Vergara. I have written about Bimbo in this blog but more concerned about his wild cactus collection. It is refreshing to see that something native has caught his fancy. He immortalized popular varieties and cultivars in acrylic on board panels.