Rare Plants in the Philippines

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The Philippines have a variety of rare plants, including orchids.
The Philippines have a variety of rare plants, including orchids. (Image: orchid image by pncphotos from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

The Philippines are home to a large and diverse group of plants. Much of the Philippines is covered in tropical rainforests with various epiphytes, vines and climbers. Orchids and ferns are two Philippine plants that grow in large numbers in the forests. However, there are also a handful of rare plants that are found in the Philippines.

Jade Vine

The Jade Vine is also known as Emerald Creeper and Tayabak. It is an extremely rare and unmistakably exotic plant that has an attractive blue aquamarine color that is hard to find on any other plant around the world. The blooms of the jade vine can reach up to 3 feet in length. The jade vine is also strong enough to climb.

Waling-Waling Orchid

The Waling-Waling Orchid (Vanda sanderiana) is a Filipino rare orchid that is an endangered species. Many consider it to be the queen of all the orchids in the Philippines. Rosie pink and dark maroon are the most common colors of the Waling-Waling Orchid. However, it is also know to produce bluish-purple flowers. This orchid mostly likes to grown on tree branches at a typical height of 35 feet from the forest floor. Most them are grow on the Davao, in Mindanao, the Philippines.

Rafflesia

Rafflesia is a type of parasitic flowering plant named after Sir Stamford Raffles, the man who discovered this rare Filipino plant in the 1800s. The Rafflesia has the world’s largest flower, measuring up to 39 inches in diameter. This plant has no true roots, stems or leaves; the only visible part of this plant is the large five-petal flower. Two versions of the Rafflesia plant are found in the Philippines: the Rafflesia schadenbergiana and the Rafflesia manillana.

Corals

Some of the most diversified coral on the planet are found in the Philippines. There are 500 coral species known in the world, and the Philippines is home to 488 of them. The second largest coral reef area on the planet is found on Apo Island in the Philippines, though a re-creation of many of the coral species found there is located at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.

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