Philippines' Unique Flower

Pomona, FL (PressExposure) November 03, 2009 -- Philippines is one of the many countries in Asia which is known for their collection of unique and wild flowers. One in particular is the sampaguita. The sampaguita is considered as one of the most popular species of philippine flowers. Although sampaguita is native to the Philippines, the flower is also pandemic in most Asian countries. Sampaguita is also known as the Arabian Jasmine which is the name commonly known around the world as well as in Arab.

Another, such as the Ylang-Ylang, is also a native in the Philippines. The name ylang-ylang is derived from Tagalog, either from the word ilang, meaning "wilderness", alluding to its natural habitat, or the word ilang-ilan, meaning "rare", suggestive of its exceptionally delicate scent. However, the Ylang-Ylang aren't only unique in the Philippines. Apparently, other than the Philippines, Indonesia is also known to grow these philippine flowers in Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia.

However, unlike sampaguita and ylang-ylang, another unique species of flowers are known to grow only in the Philippines. This is the Waling-Waling flower. The waling-waling is a rare epiphytic orchid endemic to the island of Mindanao, particularly in the foothills of Mount Apo in Davao, Cotabato, and Surigao. It flowers seasonally, and its two-week bloom occurs during the peak months of July until December. The flower is also known as Euanthe sanderiana.

It flower has been noted to have two different forms, the pink one and the white one, which is also referred to as alba. The flower was also hailed as the “Queen of Philippine Orchids,” mainly because of its stunning beauty and unique features. The flower has also been worshiped as a diwata by the native Bagobo people.

Many people, not only in the Philippines, have considered the waling-waling as country's best philippine flowers, in terms of orchid variety, due to its many stunning colorful hybrids. This captivating trait led to hunters and orchid collectors from all over the world harvesting the species almost to extinction. The decline was stemmed, however, when tissue culture was performed in order to repropagate the orchid. To further preserve this species of flower, there had been a motion in the House of Representatives of the Philippines to declare the "Waling-waling" as the country's national flower, which would replace the Sampaguita.

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