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.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The attractive violet blooms of D. victoria-reginae
Flowering leafless stalks
D. victoria-reginae growing under a trellis
I've been wanting to see a flowering specimen of Dendrobium victoria-reginae, which is regarded as one of the best native orchids of the Philippines. It is rare to find in Manila as conditions are too hot tfor it to bloom. Today I was very lucky to see not one but two specimens of this orchid in bloom in the gardens surrounding Tagaytay. It is indeed beautiful with the bright violet flowers! They probably feel at home amidst the cool January breeze blowing into the Tagaytay rim.