As a tropical archipelago endowed in places with rich volcanic soil, the Philippines have a variety of interesting and native flowers. These include some species of the largest type of flower in the world that are completely unique to the Philippines, as well as some truly beautiful examples of native orchids species. These offerings make a nature walk in the forests of the Philippine islands a special treat.
Genus Rafflesia is the largest flower in the world. Some examples of these flowers can be more than 40 inches across and weigh more than 20 pounds. While noteworthy for their huge size, however, these are not pretty flowers. They not only resemble but even stink of rotting flesh and are sometimes called "corpse flowers." Flowers of this kind are found in certain tropical forests around Southeast Asia, but new, distinctive species of the Rafflesia were discovered in the Philippines as recently as 2008.
The flowers of the hibiscus genus are commonplace in both cultivated and wild settings throughout the Philippines. Although many of these plants are non-natives or hybrids, the variety commonly known as swamp hibiscus is native to the islands. Hibiscus flower petals are often dried and used in both herbal and black tea mixes.
This is a group of flowering plants that are noteworthy for two reasons. One is that they are found only in the Philippines and are classified as vulnerable (or almost endangered). The other is that they are from the same family as the nutmeg plant.
There are several varieties of orchids from the genus Paphiopedilum, some of which are considered to be threatened and are classified between vulnerable and critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The source of these threats is partly habitat loss, but mostly due to overcollection of the plants for sale. They are found in the lowland tropical and subtropical forests of the Philippines.
Article Written By Edwin Thomas
Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.