Category: Flowers

Trivia about Rare Flowers of the Philippines

1. Medinilla magnifica – Commonly called rose grape belonging to the family of plants called Melastomataceae Juss., this shrub is a stunning flower endemic to the Philippines. It is usually found in high altitudes growing up to 6 feet. The shrub has either ribbed or winged stem and glossy green leaves with conspicuously pale veins. The flowers are breathtaking growing as a bunch of small pink clusters attached to large pink bracts sheltered by its curved leaves.

2. Strongylodon elmeri – Endemic in the thick forests of the country, this specie along with its more famous cousin Strongylodon macrobotrys (jade vine) are arguably the most beautiful flowers in the world. Strongylodon elmeri is a perennial climbing shrub belonging to the family Fabaceae. The flowers hang in bunches up to 90 cm and each with a spectacular clawlike shape measures up 7.5 cm. Bats usually pollinate these flowers.

Trivia about Native Philippine Orchids II

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.


Trivia about Native Philippine Orchids III

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.

Sanggumay – Dendrobium superbum (P50.00) – The leaves of this specie are fleshy, glossy-green, oblong-Ianceolate, acutish up to 5" long, flattened and borne in two (2) ranks. Inflorescences are usually 2 flowered, almost stalkless, borne on the leafless pseudobulbs. Flowers vary in colour, the typical phase with mauve-purple sepals and petals. The lip has 2 deep purple blotches in the throat, the flaring part of which is veined with deeper purple. Flowers are extremely fragrant.

Trivia about Native Philippine Orchids IV

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.

Geodorum Densiflorum. This orchid specie comes from a genus of about 10 species of rarely cultivated but unusually attractive terrestrial orchids. Pseudobulbs, almost round, somewhat compressed, are underground and from which rise a few broad stalked, folded leaves and erect elongate inflorescence. Flowers are medium-sized, not widely opening which are carried sharply pendulous, that do not last long, and they are waxy, fragrant, and colored. No hybrids are known. Nervilia Plicata. About 65 species of nervilia are known. These terrestrial orchids have solitary, stalked, heart-shaped leaves, which are sometimes variegated that arise from subterranean round tubers.

Trivia about Valentine’s Day stamps

February 14 is Valentine's Day, It is a worldwide celebration of love and romance, From flowers to felicitations, cards to caresses, telegrams to telephone calls, stamps to sweetie pies are how lovers from all over the world spend Valentine's Day and express their feelings in the most romantic way,

This year's Valentine stamps depict simple things in life that one can easily identify with in everyday simple love and romance,

Trivia about Insects

1. Ornate Checkered Beetle – Feeds on wasp and bee larvae. Ham Beetles are scavengers and feed on carrion and blowfly larvae; they may also be pests on smoked meats. Small, brightly colored, pattemed or checkered beetles with hairy, elongated bodies and rather soft elytra. They have large heads and clubbed antennae. Most common in woodland, on flowers and trees, usually on or under the bark or on the flowers, not on the leaves. Feed on pollen or on the larvae and adults of bark-boring beetles.

Many larvae live in the galleries of beetles, where they hunt for the larvae of the bark beetles. Others attack the larvae of gallforming beetles or of bees and wasps. Some feed on moth caterpillars. A few feed on stored meats.

2. Sharpshooter Bug – Mostly small insects with two pairs of similar membranous wings (i.e. homopterous) or wingless. Wings often held in a roof-like position over the body when at rest. All have sucking mouth parts which originate far back beneath the head.
All feed on plants, sucking out their juices wth their sucking mouth parts. They may be found on any part of a plant, from roots to leaves, stems, flowers and fruits.

Nymphs similar in form to adults but wingless. Life cycle may be normal with nymphs developing through several molts into adults, or may involve altemation of winged and wingless forms, as in aphids.

Trivia about Celebrating Pasko 2011

The design of said stamps were made in animated Christmas symbols showing colorful Christmas Bells, the famous Christmas flowers called “Ponsiettas”, colorful Christmas gifts, such as card, candy cane, teddy bear and other boxes wrapped in Christmas wrapper, and a colorful Christmas lantern.


Trivia about the Philippine Fruits

Atis.  Philippine name for Sweet Sop, Sugar Apple, and Custard Apple.  Atis was introduced to the Philippines during the Spanish times. It is a small tree that grows between 10 to 20 feet high when fully matured with oblong leaves and green heart-shaped fruits with polygonal tubercles. The atis fruit has a white, sweet flesh and black seeds.

Pomelo (Suha). Found throughout the Philippines, usually planted. A small tree, 6 to 13 meters in height. Spines, solitary, sharp and long. Flowers are white, fragrant.  Fruit is large, up to 20 cm in diameter.  Pulp is pale yellow, pink or red, with large distinct vesicles.

Trivia about Celebrating Valentine’s Day

Postal patrons can avail themselves of the flowers and chocolates that the mailman will deliver for them or to their loved ones.

Also, with the special limited edition of Valentine’s Day stamps to be issued by PhilPost, Filipinos can definitely relate with their love ones through love letters.

NCR Regional Manager Bernardito Gonzales said that PhilPost will deliver chocolate and flowers to make this Valentine’s Day celebration a memorable one.