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

Gammatophyllum wallisii the biggest orchid in the world

This is the specimen sized Grammatophyllum wallisii or Grammatophyllum speciosum native to the Philippines and was growing on a boulder in one of the houses near the  town of  Dolores in Quezon .   According to the owner,  this orchid blooms every 3 to 5 year interval  and based on the orchid size  , the orchid is at least 50 years old . Several years ago an orchid collector offered to buy the orchid but the owner does not want to sell . Local taxonomist are still in a debate if this particular orchid found in Quezon is a distinct species or just a variety since the color of the flowers and marking are quite distinct .

The Giant Orchid, Grammatophyllum speciosum also called Tiger Orchid because of the spotting in the flowers which resembles tiger marks , Sugar Cane Orchid or ” Malatubong Dapo ” because the pseudoblubs resembles large sugar canes . People also call this particular orchid as  Queen of the Orchids, since this is the world’s largest and bulkiest  orchid .  It is native to  growing in crotches of large trees on exposed areas of the lowland tropical rain forest. This species was first described by botanist Carl Blume in 1825.

The  cylindric pseudobulbs reach 10 feet or 3 meters in height with leaves along the full length.

It is an   epiphytic and occasionally a lithophytic plant, forming spectacular root bundles. It can grow to gigantic clusters weighing from several hundred kilograms to more than one ton. The orchid can produce over 10,000 flowers on a mature plant.

The orchid can be found growing within 100 to 1,200 meters elevation in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Borneo, Moluccas, the Philippines, Sulawesi, Sumatra, Bismark islands, Papua New Guinea, Brunei, East Timor and Solomon island and is recorded to be the heaviest orchid in the world.

A Giant Orchid weighing two tons was one of the highlights in the 1851 exhibition at Crystal Palace in London according to a scientific journal.

There are some growers of this orchid in Metro Manila however this orchid is quite temperamental in blooming within the metropolis. This orchid needed to be conserved and protected.

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