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Trivias about Indigenous Philippine Orchids

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Mariposa - Phalaenopsis amabilis (P30.00) - The leaves of this orchid are few, broadly ovate-oblong, blunt apically, fleshy and leathery, long and about 5" wide. Inflorescences are slender and gracefully arching. Flowers which vary in size are white, flushed with yellow on the lip and more or less marked and striped with red around the calli. Sepals are oblong and blunt at tips. Petals are clawed, mostly broadly rhombic-cuneate, blunt and somewhat emarginate apically.

Trivias about Native Philippine Orchids II

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Phalaenopsis fuscata

Phalaenopsis fuscata has short, erect stems. The leaves are slender, ovobate, up to 30 cm long, 6 cm wide, greyish green. The few-flowered inflorescence is spreading, bent to nearly pendent, up to 40 cm long, longer than the leaves. The flowers are fleshy, shiny wax-like, about 30 mm in diameter. The margins of the sepals and petals are bent backward. The lip is three-lobed; the middle part has a central keel; the front part is shell-formed. The pollinarium has two cleft pollinia.

Phalaenopsis stuartiana

Phalaenopsis stuartiana has a little less intensively mottled leaves compare to P, schilleriana, some plants being nearly pure green. They are green below and up to 35 cm long. The inflorescences are many-flowered, erect to overhanging, branched, and up to 75 cm long. The flowers, which reach 70 mm in diameter, are white to yellowish. The lateral sepals and the lip bear numerous brownish spots. The lip is three-lobed; the mid-lobe has a callus between the lateral lobes and in the apical part are anchor-like appendages. The pollinarium has two cleft pollinia connected to a stipe with a large viscidium.

 

Trivias about Native Philippine Orchids

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Dendrobium Victoria-Reginae. This orchid has pendent bulbs that are up to 50cm long, often branched near the base; the nodes are slightly swollen. The leaves are up to 8cm long and 2cm wide. The short inflorescence appears on older sterne and bear 3 to 12 flowers. The flowers reach 30mm in diameter. The simple lip has at its center five dark violet stripes. The pollinariurn consists of two pairs of naked pollinia. As D. Papilio, it is an inhabitant of the moist, cool, mossy forest of high altitudes. Its bluish color clearly separates it from all other Dendrobium species in the country.

Grammatophyllum Scriptum. About 8 species in the genus, mostly epiphytic, are found. All Grammatophyllums are expceptionally spectacular plants. They have yellowish green leaves, leathery, waxy, and the broad inflorescence is erect to strongly arching or pendulous due to the weight of flowers. Over 100 flowers in a stem that are heavy-textured and waxy open over some weeks with variable colors from greenish-yellow with irregular dark brown blotches on inner surface. Flowers appear mostly in summer.

 

Trivias about the La Union Botanical Garden

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Nestled on the hills in the city of San Fernando is the newly established La Union Botanical Garden. It is about eight kilometers east of the Plaza and about six hour-ride from Manila. It occupies about ten hectares of land owned by the provincial government of La Union.