Beautiful Ornamentals at Flora Filipina

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The Flora Filipina garden show was formally opened at 4 p.m. of February 23 at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City. A lot of beautiful ornamentals and orchids are on display, and visitors will be able to see them up to March 6.

There are indigenous as well as imported species, hybrids and mutants. One of the immediate attractions is a tillandsia with branching pink bracts that are yellowish at the tip.

Here are the photos of the more remarkable ones.

If you are interested in cycads, you will be impressed by the exhibit of Encephalartos, Macrozamia, Zamia integrifolia and Zamia fischerii. Those exhibited are at least 30 years old.

Then there are exhibits of bonsai. As usual, the nice ones are the native Bantigue or Memphis acidula. Also exhibited are natural stones by the Suiseki aficionados.

From the collection of George Mendoza are a native fern that is variegated and a number of indigenous species, including a Leea with big leaves that are green on the upper surface and purple underside. Another is a Holeria rubra which has attractive leaves.

Speaking of ferns, a species that was collected in Iligan by a professor from Mindanao was conspicuous in the exhibits. This is an unidentified species but is now known in the trade as “Peruvian Fern”. It was listed in the exhibit entry as Nephrolephis Iliganensis (Peruvian Fern).

Speaking of endemic species, particularly the flowering kind, there is a floriferous Ardisia pyramidallis on display.

DENDROBIUM ANOSMUM
ENCEPHALARTOS VILLOSUS
BROMELIADS GALORE
ZAMIA FISCHERII
ENCEPHALARTOS MUNCHII
ENCEPHALARTOS ALTENSTEINII
ANTHURIUM JENMANII
ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
ENCEPHALARTOS SCHAIFSII
ENCEPHALARTOS CHIAMANENSIS
ENCEPHALARTOS MARUNGUENSIS
ALCANTAREA ODORATA
ALCANTAREA IMPERIALIS
TILLANDSIA SCHIDDEANA
NEOREGELIA CHILI CON CARNE
LOHERIA RUBRA (Native)
VARIEGATED SANSEVIERIA (Mutant)
HYBRID PHILODENDRON
PLATYCERIUM ELEPHANTOTIS
ARDISIA PYRAMIDALLIS
ANTHURIUM HOOKERII X MARIE
VARIEGATED TALISAY TREE

At the commercial section, there are many interesting ornamentals that are not exhibited in the exhibits. One of those we noticed is a mutant Kamuning (Murraya) that is full of berries. It is a result of irradiation by the experts of the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute. This mutant has very small leaves and seedlings that are barely three inches tall may already bear fruit. The particular tree we saw was at least 10 years old and is priced at P2,500.

  
In the commercial booth of Lambana orchids, we saw the variegated Talisay tree prominently displayed. So are variegated foliage anthuriums. There are also mutant ferns.
  
At the Purificacion Orchids commercial booth, we saw a lot of beautiful Phalaenopsis grown in their Alfonso nursery in Cavite.
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