Botanical Adventure Safaris Philippines
Philippine Orchid Medinilla magnifica
As the specie name indicates this is very showy magnificent species of Medinilla which is commonly known as the Philippine orchid and locally is known as kapa kapa
The spectacular Medinilla magnifica is native to Philippines being found growing mainly as an epiphyte on the islands of Luzon, Mindanao, Mindoro, Negros just a relatively short trip from our base in Biasong Bay and Panay were it is found growing in the forks of large trees in forests on humid hill sides and mountain forest at an altitude of between 300 and 1400 meter
The flowers grow in panicles up to 50 cm long, with ovoid pink bracts. The individual flowers are up to 25 mm in size, and are pink. The fruits are violet, fleshy berries, about 1 cm wide which are full of very small seeds that are eaten by fruit eating birds which distribute them on trees throughout the forest where if the conditions are favourable germinate and develop into new plants.
Philippine Evergreen Aglaonema commutatum
Aglaonema commutatum known as the Philippine evergreen belonging to the family Araceae is a very well know house plant that has been developed into numerous very showy forms which is native to hot humid forests in the Philippines.
Croton variegatum Codiaeum variegatum
Codiaeum variegatum Croton variegatum is a very popular garden and house plant that has been developed into numerous very colourful cultivars belonging to the family Euphorbiaceae.
Codiaeum variegatum occurs naturally in Southeast Asia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, New Guinea, northeast Australia, through the western Pacific to Fiji and Vanuatu
Codiaeum variegatum is an understory plant in well developed lowland and upland rain forest which tends to be more common at the drier end of the rain forest types and is most abundant on soils derived from recent basalt flows; at elevations up to 800 metres
large, thick, leathery, shiny evergreen leaves, alternately arranged.
inflorescences are long racemes with
male and female flowers on separate inflorescences; the male flowers
with five small petals, the female flowers yellowish, with no petals.
is a capsule in typical euphorbia form, containing three seeds. The
contain milky sap that bleeds from cut stems.
Philippine Jade Vine Strongylobium macrobotrys
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Based at Biasong Bay north of Cebu City the gateway to diving in the Philippines.
E 123⁰ 55′ 14.50″