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.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
The Name Game
Numerous spathes turning into seed capsules
Whenever I see a large biga I always assume that it is Alocasia macrorrhiza. But when I saw one in a ditch last week, Ray Ong called it by another scientific name, Alocasia odora. He said that A. macrorrhiza is usually smaller and A. odora large. But some botanists would lump it up all as A. macrorrhiza. Another thing confusing is that in one location, there were different forms. One is all green (leaves and stem), the other had brown speckled stems (regarded as zebra stripes hence the Latin monicker zebrina). One even has more round leaves than the others. From afar they all look the same. I wonder if all of them are A. odora...or A. macrorrhiza...or another species.