Mabuhay Orchids and Ornamental Plants: Silang Best Kept Secret !

Mabuhay Orchid and Ornamental Farm, Silang , Cavite -Philippines

rows of lavander, rosemary , orchids and other ornamental plants

We last went to this farm in 2007 , 2008 on a field trip by lakwatsa ( roaming around/ traveler ) an informal grouping of a plant society . The  Philippine Orchid Society also organized a field trip to Cavite on May 23, 2009. The group seldom meet  after it was disbanded sometime in 2009.

Phalaenopsis schilleriana aka Tiger orchid

Nepenthes truncata

The farm also successfully propagated several species of Nepenthes ( pitcher plants) and some of them were grown from seeds or cuttings.

different pitcher plant species being propagated

 Dendrobium uniflorum aka popcorn orchid

This farms specializes on herbal plants, annuals like zinnias , hoyas, dischidias , native ferns, native orchids, some orchid hybrids like Cattleya, Cymbidium and Phalaenopsis

flowering zinnias

 The are grown from quality seeds

 ashitaba

The Real ashitaba and Commercial ashitaba

This is the real Ashitaba herbs  ( Angelica keiskei )  came from Okinawa , Japan .Nonetheless, modest conditions for cultivation and fast rate of growth, with optimal temperatures ranging between 19 -30 degrees Celsius . As far as the author is concern, There are few plant nurseries in the Philippines that grow this plant successfully , The other one is the EDSA Garden House , herbal farms in Tagaytay and Baguio area.

Gynura which is cheaper compared to the real ashitaba . Ashitaba herbs cannot grow well in Metro Manila and it is a little bit more expensive compared to gynura because it is not easily propagated and it requires a cooler day and night temperatures .  I think it was  commercial people and propagators who thought that it was ashitaba and people sometimes believe them. It is useless to argue to people unless they have done proper research and have tried propagating the real ashitaba at their own backyard.

Gyunura procumbens

The one which is popularly grown and being sold at the local market is Gynura  procumbens or commonly called Longevity Spinach, Leaves of Gods or  Sabuñgai Gynura procumbens has been used as “FOLK MEDICINE” for hundreds of years. This herb has been found to be an extremely alkalizing and miraculous antiviral, anti-inflammatory edible plant. High in antioxidants Gynura procumbens offers the possibility of remarkable results when it comes to improving overall health and longevity, and aiding in conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol. It’s also been known to significantly support the detoxification process. This plant is widespread in southeast Asian countries like Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam , Cambodia and even in the Philippines.

Website : http://stuartxchange.com/Sabungai.html

 Almost every residents plant this kind of herb in our place in Novaliches / Fairview  and they are relatively easy to grow,propagation is by cuttings .

website: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements

http://www.ashitabaplant.com/

Thai basil

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Taeniophyllum orchid with seed capsule

Note : The proprietor does not allow farm tour and only sells their produce at AANI Taguig Saturday and Sunday Market ( whole day )  and at Centris Sunday Market 6:00am to 12:00NN . The farm also accepts bulk or wholesale orders.

Contact :  APO Wong or Mr. Jason Wong-09176333138

Email: jpcw13@yahoo.com.ph

Philippine Pitcher Plants stamps issued by Philippine Postal Corporation

( Philatelic Division ) Manila Central Post Office, Liwasang Bonifacio , Ermita, Manila-Philippines

Pitcher plants scientifically known as Nepenthes are one of the most spectacular plant species on earth. The centre of diversity of Nepenthes is in Borneo island having 36 species followed by  Sumatra .

Nepenthes sanguinea and Nepenthes macfarlanei

But not to be outdone, the Philippines comes close  with almost 30 species of pitcher plant.  There were some pitcher plants recently discovered  and described by local and international taxonomists over the past few years .  I was able to buy a set ( 4 piece)  pitcher plant stamps and FDC from a Malaysian dealer during the 1996 ASEANPEX stamp exhibition . I have started growing local pitcher plants since in high school buying them in weekend markets or in garden shows.

Nepenthes rajah and Nepenthes lowii

There are movements  among  local philatelists to lobby for the pitcher plants to be  featured on stamps .  The proposal would  lie in dormant for more than a decade until some stamp collectors from Mindanao wrote several letters address to the Philatelic and Postage Department Chief  in 2008 and then again in 2011 .

Philippine pitcher plant on sheetlet Php 10.00 x 16 pieces ( Nepenthes attenboroughii, Nepenthes truncata , Nepenthes burkei , Nepenthes peltata) with 107, 000

I even gave some posters of Philippine pitcher plants ( featured by Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society Inc.) to some stamp advisory committee members in 2009  .  Unfortunately, one of them told me that it was inundated by “Ondoy”  flooding .  I would still wait for a couple of years in 2012 when i was able to buy a pitcher plant book of Dr. Victor B. Amoroso during a book launching held at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife .  I had to attend  a  ( closed door session ) with the stamp advisory committee meeting  just to point out the importance of the pitcher plants  to Philippine flora diversity and their saleability . Coinciding an auspicious date which was set  based on a double digit number,  the postal canceller was made with 03-13-13 dater.

Philippine pitcher plant souvenir sheet Php 40 pesos with 5 pitcher plants ( Nepenthes mira, Nepenthes mantalingajanensis , Nepenthes sibuyanensis, Nepenthes mindanaoensis and Nepenthes merrilliana)

Philippine Pitcher Plant First Day Cover with a set of 4 stamp designs and Nepenthes alata ( cache design)

Philippine Pitcher Plant First Day Cover with Nepenthes ventricosa ( cache design ) and souvenir stamp 

In many parts of the world,  coinciding an auspicious date for stamp issuance or release had been met with great marketing success and media mileage .

Note: No technical details were given by the Philatelic Section Chief of the Philippine Postal Corporation

References and Websites:

Golamco Jr.  Andres,  Nepenthes page 38 to 42 , Flora Filipina 2012 -Philippine Horticultural primer and directory

McPherson, S.R. and V.B. Amoroso 2011. Field Guide to the Pitcher Plants of the Philippines. Redfern Natural History

McPherson, S., J. Cervancia, C. Lee, M. Jaunzems, A. Fleischmann, F. Mey, E. Gironella & A. Robinson 2010. Nepenthes palawanensis (Nepenthaceae), a new pitcher plant species from Sultan Peak, Palawan Island, Philippines. In: S.R. McPherson Carnivorous Plants and their Habitats. Volume 2.

Rybka, V., R. Rybková & R. Cantley 2005. Nepenthes argentii on Sibuyan Island. PDF Carnivorous Plant Newsletter 34(2): 47–50.

Pitcher Plant.com : http://pitcher-plants.com/

Philippine Postal Corporation: http://www.phlpost.gov.ph/web/

wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Nepenthes_species

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