The first time I ever heard about Mount Sumagaya, was in February, 1998, when a plane crashed into the mountain side, killing all 104 passengers and crew. I remember watching film of the rescue teams cutting and fighting their way through thick jungle, to the top of this almost 2,000-metre-high peak. Being the orchid-lover that I am, I was more interested in seeing if I could spot any orchids in the trees. Of course, that was not possible because of the quality of the pictures available.
The next time I heard of this mountain was in November, 2013, when some friends went there, exploring th ...
Adri and I still had the full weekend ahead of us after Friday's Tacurong Bird Festival and our day birding at the Baras Bird Sanctuary. SOX is a great place for some quick target birding, and Felix already had it all planned out for us.
It was October 31, 2016, when the first author made his first trip to the Mount Kalatungan Range Natural Park (MKRNP), which is situated in the central portion of the province of Bukidnon, on Mindanao. It is considered to be the 5th highest mountain in the Philippines with a maximum elevation of about 2,907 metres. It is characterized by steep to rolling terrain, with a sizeable stand of primary forest combined with some secondary growth forest. As a young botanist and a mountaineer, the mountain was the perfect place to explore due to the fact that it supports diverse vegetation types. The ...
The morning was crisp and clear and our expectations were high. Its not every day that we get the chance to go into the forest with a very experienced field botanist, Dr. Ed de Vogel, from the Netherlands.
Dr. De Vogel was able to spare a couple of days to join us in a survey of the orchid flora of a small area of Central Luzon.
This area is at about 1,500 meters elevation with some of the surrounding mountains reaching heights of over 2,000 meters.
The higher elevations are mainly stunted trees, seldom over a couple of meters tall. This region is also very wind swept but this does no ...
Phalaenopsis schilleriana and Phalaenopsis stuartiana are very well known orchid species, both in their homeland and in orchid collections, and botanic gardens, world-wide. They are frequently seen in gardens around the provinces of the Philippines, especially at slightly higher elevations, and usually on the east coast of the archipelago. Both of these wonderful orchid species are a sight to behold, when in full bloom, because of their free-flowering habit, especially when well-grown.
Stretching from central to southern Luzon, by far the majority of Phalaenopsis schilleriana are to be foun ...
It seems that the majority of orchid lovers like to look at big flowers. This makes sense as these large flowers are very easy to observe. But we need to take the time to look at the miniature flowers too, because these blooms are just as lovely as their larger relatives. In this article, we want to introduce you to some of the smaller flowered species. None of the flowers mentioned here is bigger than 6 mm across the widest point of the flower.
The genus Appendicula was established by Dr. Carl Blume, in 1825, in his Bijdragen from plants collected in Java. The generic name is from the Lati ...