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This is our album of tropical flowers, plants, and trees we have seen in the Philippines.  You can see more tropical tree, shrub and vine photos and descriptions at http://www.flowersofindia.net/index.html While the site is Indian, like the Philippines, tropical plants from all over the world are enjoyed there.  We love our copy of the book Tropical Plants for Home and Garden by William Warren and published by Thames and Hudson.

A double-blossom Clitoria ternatea (pukingan in Tagalog)

A vivid blue double-blossom Clitoria ternatea (pukingan in Tagalog).  This is a leguminous vine

We are calling this a striped lily but help us out with the real name!

Thanks to reader Danielle who says that it is called the Stargazer Lilly.  Thanks to reader Rex who identifies it as Hippeastrum reticulatu

Our little Frangipani (Plumara) just won't stop blooming even though it's only 3' high.

Our little Frangipani (Plumara) just won’t stop blooming even though it’s only 3′ high.

Cockscomb (Tigbauan, Iloilo)

Cockscomb (Tigbauan, Iloilo)

 

 

 

 

Spiral Ginger (Costus speciosus) see http://www.stuartxchange.com/Tabubungiau.html

On my morning walk in Tigbauan, Iloilo: Spiral Ginger (Costus speciosus) see http://www.stuartxchange.com/Tabubungiau.html

Achuete (bixa orellana) Used as a food coloring

Achuete (bixa orellana)
Used as a food coloring

Bilbergia pyramidalis. Common Names Fool Proof Plant, Flaming Torch, Summer Torch

Bilbergia pyramidalis. Common Names Fool Proof Plant, Flaming Torch, Summer Torch

In Chinese "Ri Ri Ying", which means "Every-day-flowered Cherry Blossom" [jatropha pandurifolia]

In Chinese “Ri Ri Ying”, which means “Every-day-flowered Cherry Blossom”
[jatropha pandurifolia]  Does anyone know the local name (Tagalog or Ilonggo)? Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines

Pasaw (Pseuderanthemum reticulatum)

Pasaw (Pseuderanthemum reticulatum).  Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines

Oleander (Nerium oleander) A tall bush with lance-shaped leaves which always seems to be in flower. This is a close-up of one group of blooms in our garden.

Above: Oleander (Nerium oleander) A tall bush with lance-shaped leaves which always seems to be in flower. This is a close-up of one group of blooms in our garden. Native to the Mediterranean region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below: Candle Bush (Senna alataknown to my wife as the Acapulco.  It’s native to Mexico, perhaps brought by a Spanish friar, and grows VERY vigorously here as a weed.  I have not seen it intentionally planted in a garden but it is beautiful.  We suspect it might be hard to control if planted in ones Philippine garden.

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Senna alata

 

This first is a pretty "weed" growing in our unmowed Philippine "lawn"

Thanks to reader Precious for the identification of this one.   The mystery flower is called ‘wayside tuberose’ (Ruellia tuberosa) also known as Minnie Root, Fever Root, Sheep Potato, Popping Plant and Cracker plant. Please look for Ruellia Tuberosa in wikipedia.

 

Our Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Brunfelsia panciflora) is doing really well now. It's VERY fragrant. On first day is lavender, fades to almost pure white after three days. In our Tigbauan, Iloilo garden.

Our Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Brunfelsia panciflora) is doing really well now. It’s VERY fragrant. On first day is lavender, fades to almost pure white after three days. In our Tigbauan, Iloilo garden.  This plant is a native of Brazil.  See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brunfelsia_pauciflora

A closer view of the Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,

A closer view of the Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,

Here is a shrub we bought somewhere but can't find in our reference book. Can anyone help? The leaves are more greyish than the photos shows.

Thanks to reader Connie Brennan for identifying this as Leucophyllum Frutescens “Texas Sage”

This second purple flower is not a "weed" but is a domesticated flowering plant. It's hardy, grows fast and always seems to be blooming. What is it?

Thanks to reader Milette of Dallas, Texas for identifying this flower as the “Mexican Petunia”  also known as Mexican Bluebell or Britton’s Petunia (Ruellia simplex).  In Florida authorities consider it as an unwanted invasive species.  It is easy to grow and much appreciated in our garden.

Roadside Banaba Tree (Pride of India), National Highway, Miagao, Iloilo

Roadside Banaba Tree (Pride of India), National Highway, Miagao, Iloilo.  Many herbal uses.  See http://www.stuartxchange.org/Banaba.html

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Banaba flowers

Can anyone suggest what tree this is. Panay Island, Philippines, May 2015

Thanks to Mary Grace Saldajeno for the ID of the tree shown above. “I think the tree in the first photo is Neem. Its scientific name is Azadirachta indica.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azadirachta_indica. Neem trees are quite everywhere in Panay island.”  It is also called the Indian Lilac.  .

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Acacia pycnantha, commonly known as the golden wattle. It’s in the Acacia family.  It’s a really fast grower so if you want shade quickly Wattle is a good choice.  Also, it’s easy to propagate by pushing cuttings into moist soil.

HELICONIA, HANGING LOBSTERCLAW (HELICONIA ROSTRATA). MONTEBELLO VILLA HOTEL, CEBU CITY, PHILIPPINES

HELICONIA, HANGING LOBSTERCLAW (HELICONIA ROSTRATA). MONTEBELLO VILLA HOTEL, CEBU CITY, PHILIPPINES

Unknown, San Juan Street, Molo, Iloilo City, Philippines

Morning Glory Bush (Ipomoea carnea), San Juan Street, Molo, Iloilo City, Philippines.  Thanks to Wendy for the ID!

Unknown, San Juan Street, Molo, Iloilo City, Philippines

Peacock Flower (Caesalpinia pulcherrima), San Juan Street, Molo, Iloilo City, Philippines

Detail: Is this Peacock Flower (Caesalpinia pulcherrima)?, San Juan Street, Molo, Iloilo City, Philippines

Peacock Flower (Caesalpinia pulcherrima), San Juan Street, Molo, Iloilo City, Philippines

Flame Tree (Delobix regia) San Juan Street, Iloilo City Philippines

Flame Tree (Delonix regia) San Juan Street, Iloilo City Philippines

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Acacia tree in blossom, March 2013, Bagumbayan, Tigbauan, Iloilo Philippines

Flame Tree (Delobix regia) San Juan Street, Iloilo City Philippines

Flame Tree (Delonix regia) San Juan Street, Iloilo City Philippines

Golden Shower Tree (Cassia fistula) Silay, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Golden Shower Tree (Cassia fistula) Silay, Negros Occidental, Philippines.  In the Philippines known as Kanya Pistula, Lombayong or Bistula.

Orchid Tree "Bauhinia"

Orchid Tree “Bauhinia”

We collected fallen seed pods from the Orchid Trees planted at the Iloilo airport.  They germinated readily and the trees themselves are very fast growing and wonderfully fragrant.  Both the delicate twin-lobed leaves and the flowers are a pleasure. We planted these to shade our house from the eastern sun.  Panay Island Philippines.

Orchid Tree, another view

Orchid Tree, another view

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Guava, San Miguel, Iloilo, Philippines

Guava, San Miguel, Iloilo, Philippines

Banyan Tree (Ficus benghalenis), known locally as "Balete", Nogas Island, Antique Province, Philippines

Banyan Tree (Ficus benghalenis), Nogas Island, Antique Province, Philippines

Giant Balete Tree on Nogas Island.  Also called Ficus or Banyan tree – Lunok in Ilonggo. Continue walking beyond the Nogas Island lighthouse and you’ll come to this tree. This tree is thought by many Filipinos to be a home to various spirit beings, mostly troublesome. My urbane Ilonggo companions seemed a bit uncomfortable and repeatedly asked the spirits to excuse them (tabi, tabi, tabi) for intruding.
Dwarf Coconut trees line the Tigbauan-Leon Road, Tigbauan, Iloilo. Philippines

Dwarf Coconut trees line the Tigbauan-Leon Road, Tigbauan, Iloilo. Philippines

The dwarf coconut trees are amazingly fast growing.  The trees shown above are probably about three years old. They may flower and produce a prodigious number of fruit per year, as much as 250.

Yellow Bells, Yellow Trumpet Tree (Tecoma stans), Rizal Avenue, Arevalo, Iloilo City, Philippines

Yellow Bells, Yellow Trumpet Tree (Tecoma stans), Rizal Avenue, Arevalo, Iloilo City, Philippines

Indonesian Jasmine

This vigorous shrub, the “Soleil d’Or” (Sun of Gold) Gardenia (Gardenia gjellerupii) is very fragrant, a beautiful addition to any garden.  Locally it is incorrectly called “Indonesian Jasmine”.  It is very fragrant.  Our garden, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines.  See http://gardendrum/2013/02/10/the-golden-gardenia/

Bougainvillea, Montebello Villa Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines

Bougainvillea, Montebello Villa Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines

Bougainvillea is named for the French navigator Louis de Bougainville who found the plant in Brazil during the 18th century.

Potted Bougainvillea, Montebello Villa Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines

Bougainvillea covered wall, Alta Vista, Cebu City, Philippines

Bougainvillea covered wall, Alta Vista, Cebu City, Philippines

Caryota or Fishtail Palm, Bacolod, Philippines

Caryota or Fishtail Palm, Bacolod, Philippines

Manila or Christmas Palm

Manila or Christmas Palm

Is this pinapple-looking fruit a Bromeliad?, Nogas Island, Antique Province, Philippines

Screw Pine (Pandanus), Nogas Island, Antique Province, Philippines

Ixora (in the Philippines, Santan). Native to India. A very common low hedge in the Philippines.

Ixora (in the Philippines, Santan). Native to India. A very common low hedge in the Philippines.

Firecracker Plant (Coral Plant), Montebello Villa Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines

Firecracker Plant (Coral Plant) Russelia equisetiformis, Montebello Villa Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines.  Native to Mexico.

Heliconia, Montebello Villa Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines

Heliconia, Hanging Lobsterclaw (Heliconia rostrata). Montebello Villa Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines

Heliconia "Golden Torch" - sometimes called "Bird of Paradise" . Montebello Villa Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines

Heliconia “Golden Torch”, incorrectly called “Bird of Paradise”? Montebello Villa Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines

Crown of Thorns (Euuphorbia milli), native of Madagascar

Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milli), native of Madagascar, Panay Island Philippines

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Chalice Vine, Solandra grandiflora, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines

Unknown - can you help? San Juan St., Molo, Iloilo City, Philippines

Purple Allamanda (A. violacea), a close relative of the Golden Trumpet.  San Juan St., Molo, Iloilo City, Philippines

 

Desert Rose (Adenium obesum). Native to Arabia. Highly toxic sap.

Desert Rose (Adenium obesum). Native to Arabia. Highly toxic sap. Montebello Villa Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines

Golden Trumpet (Allamanda), Montebello Villa Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines

Golden Trumpet (Allamanda), a vigorous vine, very popular in the Philippines. Montebello Villa Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines

Bengal Trumpet Vine (Thunbergia grandiflora). Montebello Villa Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines

Bengal Trumpet Vine (Thunbergia grandiflora). Montebello Villa Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines, the only place I’ve seen this plant.

Hibiscus - called Gumamela in the Philippines.

Hibiscus – called Gumamela in the Philippines.

Hibiscus - a thousand variants of this popular and prolific flowering plant in the Philippines

Hibiscus – a thousand variants of this popular and prolific flowering plant in the Philippines

Canna Lily, Montebello Villa Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines. A native of the Americas but popular in Philippine gardens and roadsides.

Water Lettuce (Pistia stratiotes) The Ruins, Talisay, Bacolod, Philippines

Water Lettuce, Montebello Villa Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines

Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes), native to America.

Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes), native to America.

Water Lily (Nymphaea capensis), Montebello Villa Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines

Water Lily (Nymphaea capensis), Montebello Villa Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines

Guimaras Flowers

Pink Olasiman (Portulaca oleracea) aka Gulasiman, Sahikan or Ngalug in the Philippines. Guimaras Island

Flowers in Agnes' Garden, Molo, Iloilo City - anyone know what flower this is?

Purple Wreath, Queen’s Wreath or Sandpaper Vine (Petrea volubilis).

What flower?, Ayala North, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Bromeliads, one of them is Bromeliad Vriesea ‘Evita’.  Ayala North, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Orchid (Dendrobium?), San Miguel, Iloilo, Philippines

Orchid (Dendrobium?), San Miguel, Iloilo, Philippines

Kang Kong flowers on our Tigbauan property

Kang Kong (Ipomea aquatica) flowers on our Tigbauan property – not a garden flower exactly!  The native Kang Kong have the purplish flowers shown here whereas our “Chinese” Kang Kong has white blossoms.  Kang Kong grows profusely here and is a popular vegetable cooked in a variety of ways.  Other names in other places: Kankon (Japanese); ung choi (Cantonese Chinese); toongsin tsai (Mandarin Chinese); ong choy, ungtsai, tung choy (China); kang kong (Filipino, Malaysian); kang kung, rau muong (Vietnamese); pak bung (Thai).

Roadside "Morning Glory" - not sure of correct species.

Roadside “Morning Glory” – not sure of correct species.

Madagascar Periwinkle (Vinca rosea)

Madagascar Periwinkle (Vinca rosea)

This hardy perennial is everywhere in Tigbauan.  We transplanted this one to our lot. They grow like crazy and will self-seed everywhere.  They tolerate poor soils, drought and all forms of neglect and just keep flowering.

Vinca spreads at the back of our house and survives all the insults our dogs can dish out.

Vinca spreads at the back of our house and survives all the insults our dogs can dish out.

Next two photos.  This vigorous and showy flower is growing and self seeding all over our Philippine garden property.  It appears to be a Cosmos probably Cosmos sulphureus “Klondyke Mix“.  According to Wikipedia, “this species of Cosmos is considered a half-hardy annual, although plants may re-appear via self-sowing for several years. The plant height varies from one to seven feet. The original and its cultivars appear in shades of yellow, orange, and red. It is especially popular in Korea and Japan, where it is often seen in mass plantings along roadsides, following an initiative pursued by the Korean-Japanese botanist Woo Jang-choon.”

This plant was declared invasive by the United States Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council in 1996

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Can you identify this beautiful shrub?

Thryallis (Galphimia glauca)

We bought this shrub in Villa, Iloilo.  It’s planted on our Tigbauan property.  We love it.  It just blooms and blooms. It definitely likes full sun.  http://www.floridata.com/ref/g/galp_gla.cfm Does anyone know the local Philippine name? Thanks to reader Christopher Vetrano for correcting our entry on this plant.  We thought it was Tristellateia australasie.  We were wrong!  Thanks also to “SuperJhongPales” who says, “The THRYALLIS (GALPHIMIA GLAUCA) plant is commonly called on our place as “Money Flower”. I searched for it in internet and i found out that this plant is native to Mexico and called “Shower of Gold” .Its common to us cause We do believe that  this plant brings good luck in earning money.”

Golden Arrow or Gilded Spoon (Plumeria pudica). “In the Philippines, we call Plumeria flowers Kalachuchi/kalatsutsi regardless of specie/variety.” In our garden, Tigbauan, Iloilo.   Ours grow to about 7′ tall.  When they are that tall the beautiful white blooms are hard to see.  Perhaps they should be pruned to a more bushy shape.

Another view of Plumeria pudica "Frangipani"

Another view of Plumeria pudica “Frangipani”

 

Lantana (our garden, Tigbauan, Iloilo)

Mansoa alliacea “Garlic Vine” Our garden, Tigbauan Iloilo.  One of the most spectacular garden vines.  Originally from the American tropics.

Garlic Vine on our back fence

Garlic Vine on our back fence. Panay Island.

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Rangoon Creeper (Quisqualis indica)  locally Niyog-Niyogan.  We find this climbing vine with aromatic flowers growing as a weed in our area.

We get back from the Pavia Garden shop

The annual Jaro Flower Show is a great place to buy flowers and shrubs. It’s held in early February every year at the Jaro plaza

 mystery plant

We bought this plant at a wonderful roadside rest area on the National Highway between San Jose Antique and Iloilo City, in the municipality of Hamtic.  The rest area has parking and clean restrooms.  What a rare pleasure.  They also sell plants.  Bob spotted this Coleus (Solenostemon) and it’s now planted in our garden.  Thanks to reader Joy who identified it for us!

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Blue Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata).  Originally from South Africa, his flower is very common in our part of the Philippines, especially in hanging planters.   Thanks to Rosalie Bulandos for ID of this flower.  It’s very vigorous and in near constant bloom.

Heliconia “Firebird”, Guimaras Island

 

Fruit of our Kafir lime tree

Some people hate cilantro (coriander) and for some like us it's an essential flavor. This plant may not look like the cilantro you are accustomed to but this one grows well in the Philippine garden and tastes the same or better. It is Long Coriander (Eryngium foetidum L.). See http://gernot-katzers-spice-pages.com for lots more information.

Some people hate cilantro (coriander) and for some, like us, it’s an essential flavor. This plant may not look like the cilantro you are accustomed to but, this one grows well in the Philippine garden and tastes the same or better. It is Long Culantro (Eryngium foetidum L.). or Mexican Culantro/Cilantro.  See http://gernot-katzers-spice-pages.com for lots more information. We bought our plant at the annual Jaro garden show.  It very vigorous and easy to grow.  Pick the leaves, not the plant and trim off the spiky margins with scissors.  The plant will continuously grow new leaves.

Young cassava plant

Cassava tubers from our garden

Carol grating cassava root to make cassava suman – glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk, and steamed in banana leaves

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 Kopsia (Kopsia fruticosa).   Locally called a jasmine.  Pleasing open shape.  About 6′ high. In our Tigbauan, Iloilo garden.

Kopsia close up

Kopsia close up

This looks like an Ixora but it's too big. Anyone know what it is?

Heliconia wagneriana – our garden in Tigbauan, Iloilo

Croton "Stoplight" (?) Crotons are native to India. Croton “Stoplight” (?) Crotons are native to India.  An almost endless number of varieties are available in the Philippines.

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Breadfruit fruit.  We had long wanted to have a breadfruit tree on our lot as they are an exceptionally beautiful tree, with big multi-lobe leaves.  We had been unable to find one for sale.  On a trip to Iloilo City, we saw a big breadfruit tree.  Carol spied a breadfruit lying on the sidewalk below it.  I slammed on the brakes and got out of the car to get the fruit.  Some guys were lounging there who had two more of the fruits.  They gave them to me with a smile and would not accept any payment.  We were excited to get home, extract the seeds and plant them. Carol sliced the fruit open.  There were no seeds!  A bit of internet research told us that that some breadfruit varieties are seedless and have to be propagated by other means.  A few weeks later we saw a breadfruit at the market.  This one proved to be the seeded type.  We planted the seeds and the germinated quickly.

 

Our baby breadfruit tree, in a few years to grown up to be a beautiful tree in our front yard

Our baby breadfruit tree, in a few years hopefully it will grow up to be a beautiful shade tree in our front yard.

After a year our little Breadfruit is thriving

After a year our little Breadfruit is thriving.  The specks you see above the tree are dragonflies.

Its Ginger... Zingiber spectabile common name is Beehive Ginger, Nodding Gingerwort Thanks to Christopher Vetrano for the ID and for the phot

Its Ginger… Zingiber spectabile common name is Beehive Ginger, Nodding Gingerwort
Thanks to Christopher Vetrano for the ID and Joel for the photo.

Here are a couple of plants we need help with identifying.

Can Lily of the Valley really be living here? This is at Sol y Mar Resort in Tigbauan, Iloilo

Can Lily of the Valley really be living here? This is at Sol y Mar Resort in Tigbauan, Iloilo

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This is in our own yard.  Thanks to Chris and Glenda Newhall, Mirisbiris Garden and Nature Center. Salvacion, Sto Domingo, Albay, 4508 Philippines for help in the identification of this plant as a Osmoxylon.  See also Miagos Bush Osmoxylon lineare – Dave’s Garden davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/140762/

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  1. Hi, thanks for this! I’ve been looking for a list of flowers present in the Philippines. But do you perhaps know if Yarrow plants can be found here in the Philippines? 🙂

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  2. Germinating seeds in the Philippines is easy its getting them to grow on that is almost impossible. I germinated hundreds of summer flowers from the UK in an aircon greenhouse set at 23 degs and then transferred them as sturdy seedlings but they all died on me, tried all sorts of water and fertilisers ideas but its no go. My excellent tray of geranium plants all perished. Thank goodness gardeners are optimists.

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  3. Thank you very much for this very informative webpage! We have such beautiful endemic plants here in the Philippines. It’s nice to have a name for these beauties all around us. 🙂

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  4. I’m responding to Maria Rosario Chiu who is looking for Pink Shower or Pink Cassia trees. I do have Pink Shower tree seeds. I now have seedlings and hoping it will grow tall and strong for ground planting soon. But, I have had lots of seedlings before and most die because of snails and frogs and boisterous puppy dogs! Really. Anyways, If Maria can tell me why she wants a Pink Shower tree, I’ll be more than happy to LBC her some seeds (kind of the behind story of why she would love to have it, and PI only, of course). I do love a good story. She can post it here or MPL can provide her with my email addy. BTW, my variety is Cassia Javanica (ssp. Nodosa).

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    • Hi Lola Let! Can I also have seedlings of Pink Shower? It’s simply beautiful! My mom would be delighted if that lovely tree is in our garden. Hoping for you positive response. Thanks!

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      • You sure can! I’m a sucker for daughters making their mother happy! You can give me your email address so I can LBC the seeds to you. Or Bob has my permission to provide you with my email. Are you in Iloilo?

        I have one seedling that was big enough to plant in the ground a few days ago. I cannot wait for this beautiful tree to bloom in our land. I have several more that are still pretty small and fragile.

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        • Hi lola let! Sorry for the super late reply. I’ve been busy with work. Anyway, we are so kind! 🙂 My mom is from aklan but I studied high school in Jaro, Iloilo. Now, I’m working here in manila but I plan to visit my mom in Oct. Just use my other email ad: daystarsedillo@gmail.com

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  5. Hi,
    Im looking for Pink Shower or Pink Cassia trees. Do you know where I can find it?

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  6. Hi! Just a correction, the flame tree is located in General Luna Street, Iloilo City not San Juan Street. The picture was taken inside the University of the Philippines – Visayas Campus, General Luna Street, Iloilo City. That is my favorite tree, they are really beautiful but not so abundant in city, though you can find that as well in Miag-ao, Iloilo. Many years ago, many flying lizards just pop up out of nowhere in that area and that flame tree became their home until they just disappeared just like how mysteriously appeared.

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    • We used to live on a side road off of San Juan Street. We got a seedling from that tree and planted on our property in Tigbauan. It did very well, grew very fast but unfortunately we had to move it and the tree died. That’s where the tree was, but in any case I wish there was more of them on every street.

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  7. The mystery flower is called ‘wayside tuberose’ (Ruellia tuberosa) also known as Minnie Root, Fever Root, Sheep Potato, Popping Plant and Cracker plant. Please look for Ruellia Tuberosa in wikipedia. 🙂

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  8. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE SCIENTIFIC NAME OF SIETE COLORIS FLOWER OR IT’S OFFICIAL NAME, THANK YOU.

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  9. The THRYALLIS (GALPHIMIA GLAUCA) plant is commonly called on our place as “Money Flower”. I searched for it in internet and i found out that this plant is native to Mexico and called “Shower of Gold” .Its common to us cause We do believe that this plant brings good luck in earning money. i have 1 Mother Plant (currently trimmed) and 16 Newly Planted (about 10″ tall). Anyway Thank You for the Info about the other Plants. 🙂

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  10. Try mini water lettuce (commonly called Quiapo plant or dwarf water lettuce) they are very easy to grow especially in clean waters. They need a pond or a fountain or even small containers to thrive. They need full sun and a container with weak currents or no current at all. Sometimes they can live in dirty waters with a few soil below that will make them productive and healthy. It is alright to simply throw them onto the water and they will automatically float. I have so many of these plants and they are fun to take care of.

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  11. Acacia tree is called monkey pod in hawaii even those beatiful flowers blooms all year round here in hawaii amazing

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  12. Bread fruit is a staple food from samoa and hawaii its like cassava roots texture

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  13. Trees are cool, but not all trees are safe or adequate.
    Most tropical trees are excellent for shade, extra lungs for humans, but in reality they have to be planted pretty far away from our sidewalks, property or fire walls or even the branches will affect the inner roof gutter extensions for safety reason’s and future maintenance. Some tree species, the root system could be deep or shallow, either they could crack your walls, side walks on time. Others they just go deep 200 feet or more with their roots.

    In my Opinion
    If, I will choose to plant any kind of tree, in close proximity to my firewall, I would plant CACTUS PLANTS FIRST as my DEFENSE AGAINST PROPERTY JUMPERS and vision intruders.

    Cactus plants are low maintenance plants. Very little water required. They have a great defense mechanism, that once you are in touch by them, You will feel their “love and comfort for a long time” in the form of a needle stuck in your body and that hurts. Ask, one of the stray cats of my neighborhood,who jump my east firewall, straight onto one of many strategically placed cactus garden. HE DOES NOT BOTHER ME ANYMORE….He was limping for weeks.. I even nick name him the Samba walker.

    I love trees, but dammit, the Philippines receives about 5-10 typhoons per year, lots of water and flood issues. This week my in-laws main residential road was block by a wind damage cement Meralco pole that collapse. I

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  14. There are several plants known as “Bird of Paradise.” This includes the following:
    Strelitzia, a genus of 5 species of perennials
    Heliconia, a genus of about 100-200 species of flowering plants, commonly called lobster-claws, wild plantains or false bird-of-paradise
    Caesalpinia gilliesii, a shrub in the legume family
    Caesalpinia pulcherrima, a shrub in the legume family, commonly called Red Bird of Paradise or Mexican Bird of Paradise

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  15. We bought this plant at a wonderful roadside rest area on the National Highway between San Jose Antique and Iloilo City, in the municipality of Hamtic. The rest area has parking and clean restrooms. What a rare pleasure. They also sell plants. Bob spotted this one and it’s now planted in our garden. We have no idea what it is. Any suggestions?—- Love your site. Thanks for sharing. The plant is a variety of “Coleus”

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  16. I want Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow…where can I buy that in Cebu? I also want flower vines good for the trellis, any suggestions? Thanks… I’m glad I’ve found this site.

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  17. its really hot every afternoon on our home so i tried to look for some shade trees, but ive been having a hard time looking for this shade trees that’s not too common and is perfect for our small garden. any suggestions? maybe you can give 3 name of shade trees. thanks

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    • For fast growth and shade, the Talisay can’t be beat. Acacias also grow fast.

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      • Talisay trees are prone to pests called “til-as” which are very itchy at skin contact..but it’s only during summer where the weather is so hot. But it’s a very shady tree, we have three big ones on our back which is more than 20 years old and is very near the ocean,very great protection from big waves. And not easily damaged by typhoons..?

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        • The leaves are large and glossy and if you have an old broken umbrella, modify it to produce a “Prick stick” IE stick it through the leaves and collect them much easily than sweeping.

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  18. hello! i love this site! the little blue flowers you are asking is BLUE PLUMBAGO. it has white variety also.

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    • Thanks for the love and thanks for your identification of this flower. We’ve changed the caption to “Blue Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata). Originally from South Africa, his flower is very common in our part of the Philippines, especially in hanging planters. Thanks to Rosalie Bulandos for the ID of this flower.”

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    • The Plumbago will climb and cover a large area in bright sunlight, it dislikes too much wet unfortunately and so doesn’t grow to its true potential as in Southern Spain where its dry for much of the year. Love the feel of the underneaths of the leaves.

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  19. Hi my friend…

    Thanks so much for all your effort to identify these trees.

    I came from the UK here in 1978.
    Now, age 68, I have a beautiful 1000 sq meters Breeding Farm
    in Matabungkay, Lian, Batangas.

    We have Peacocks, Guinea Fowl etc, but because we have many Fire Trees in the area,
    we’ve decided to try and sell Fire Tree seedlings.

    Also, the Golden Shower etc.
    We only started planting last week, so little to show yet.

    Please do visit us on Face Book, Ariva Gardens.

    More power…

    Harry

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    • Hi Harry,

      You mentioned that you selling Fire Tree, how can I buy? Please let me know, Matabungkay Lian is more or less 30 minutes ride from Nasugbu.

      Refonil.

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  20. have just discovered your blog, searching for information on roofs, and found myself reading your other articles.
    Thank you!

    re the flower Galphimia, Glaphimia glauca of the family Malphigiaceae, common name “yellow bush”. I don’t know the local Ilonggo name.

    Re the Heliconia golden torch, Heliconia psittacorum of the banana family Musa, it is called “false” bird of paradise, as bird of paradise refers to Strelitzia regina which is more colorful.

    hope this helps.

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  21. Is Purple Wreath a vine? I’m interested. how do i order? how much per plant?

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  22. Hi! We are currently building our list of plants used for event and being a honest I and no one from company knows about the plants and its names. I hope someone could help me name the plants that we have. I will send you pictures.

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  23. Gudafternoon…
    Im from iloilo.. And i would like to ask if anybody here knows where could i possibly buy a trumpet vine plant.. I have seen houses here in iloilo that have this plant, and i wanted to have one. Everytime that a garden show is held in robinsons iloilo, i would go there and hope that they would be selling the said plant. Can anybody help me?

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  24. The tree with hanging yellow flowers is Golden Shower Tree (Cassia fistula) aka Kanya Pistula, Lombayong or Bistula in the Philippines.

    The Guimaras Flower you are referring to is Pink Olasiman (Portulaca oleracea) aka Gulasiman, Sahikan or Ngalug in the Philippines.

    The purple flowers in Agnes Garden is called Purple Wreath, Queen’s Wreath or Sandpaper Vine (Petrea volubilis).

    The photo from Ayala North, Bacolod are Bromeliads, one of them is Bromeliad Vriesea ‘Evita’.

    The white flower from your garden is the Golden Arrow or Gilded Spoon (Plumeria pudica). In the Philippines, we call Plumeria flowers Kalachuchi/kalatsutsi regardless of specie/variety.

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    • Pam,

      Thanks. We’ve updated the captions using the information you kindly provided!

      Bob and Carol

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  26. Hello, I’m a first time visitor to your site, but have found it very interesting.
    I think that the plant that you were wondering about at Ayala North, Bacolod City, is one of the many varieties of bromeliads found in the Philippines. I can’t name the variety, but it is surrounded by other bromeliads in the photo.
    At our place in Cebu province we’re also constantly adding to our tropical plant and tree collection, and get a lot of fun and satisfaction out of it.

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  28. does anybody know esp ilongo where one can find this vine “pukik-pukik?’ it has blue flowers that look like morning glory.

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  29. Hi Bob, thanks for your comment! Have a look at our blog too: http://travelingloveaffair.blogspot.com

    Back to the Chinese Lantern Tree:
    On another site I posted the same question. A response came back that it was Pseudobombax ellipticum or shaving brush tree. I was given the following link:
    http://www.rareflora.com/bombaxellip.htm

    I responded that the flower of Pseudobombax ellipticum or shaving brush tree looks similar but it isn’t the same–the “Chinese Lantern” is whiter with only a little pink. The seed of Pseudobombax ellipticum or shaving brush tree is very different from the one I saw by the seaside in the Philippines.

    The next posting said: “Has to be in the same family. There are several members that have similar flowers. They grow in Hawaii and I remember seeing them when I lived there. ”

    What do you think?

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  30. Greetings!
    When we were in the Philippines we saw this tree by the seaside. The locals called it a Chinese lantern tree or in the local language bitoon. The “seeds” and “flowers” on this tree don’t look like the ones on this thread which are identified as Chinese lantern trees. Does anyone know what the name of the tree we saw is?
    Here is the link to the “seeds”

    http://www.fototime.com/ftweb/bin/ft.dll/detailfs?userid={8911F498-9A7E-483B-AFA9-A6F402139C50}&ndx=47&slideshow=0&AlbumId={E3CEB059-AC54-4B4B-A5C9-3AA69D17D00E}&GroupId={D9A32872-6944-4B2B-8D3D-AB5CCD5C5615}&screenheight=960

    Here is the link to the “flower” on the same tree:

    http://www.fototime.com/ftweb/bin/ft.dll/detailfs?userid={8911F498-9A7E-483B-AFA9-A6F402139C50}&ndx=48&slideshow=0&AlbumId={E3CEB059-AC54-4B4B-A5C9-3AA69D17D00E}&GroupId={D9A32872-6944-4B2B-8D3D-AB5CCD5C5615}&screenheight=960

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  31. Unknown vine – can you help? San Juan St., Molo, Iloilo City, Philippines. This is Allamanda violacea also known as Cherries Jubilee or Purple Allamanda. It is a relative of the Yellowbell Vine (Allamanda cathartica) and the Dwarf or Bush Allamanda (Allamanda neriifolia).

    Manila or Christmas Palm was previously named Adonidia merrillii now Veitchia merrillii and is also commonly called Bunga de China or Bunga de Jolo. It is endemic to the Philippines.

    Is this Peacock Flower (Caesalpinia pulcherrima)?, San Juan Street, Molo, Iloilo City, Philippines. Yes, there are three color variants:yellow, orange and peach.

    Heliconia, Montebello Villa Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines is the Hanging Lobsterclaw, Heliconia rostrata.

    Hope this helps…

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  32. The Bengal Trumpets are also known as Flor de Luna, I grow them on my yard too. And the unknown vine is a family of the golden trumpet better known as the Morning Glory and a hybrid of two colors, the magenta and pink ones. And yes they are dendrobiums, I guess. But if it comes from the one with long leaves, it’s a vanda. I can’t make it from your shots.

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  33. The common name for the bush with the pink trumpet like flowers is ‘morning glory bush’ it’s botanical name is Ipomoea carnea.

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  34. i spoke to sis last night, Bob–she confirmed that the vine with white flowers can be found on the 2nd floor deck of the oton town hall..she also saw this at Racsos Resort in Guimbal.

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  35. Natie, I think you must be right about the “Unknown vine – can you help? San Juan St., Molo, Iloilo City, Philippines”. It does look just like a Golden Trumpet — it is vine like the Golden Trumpet and the flower looks just the same.

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  36. there are a few places in iloilo that has the trumpet vine, Bob. will try to remember where. one of the town halls, maybe oton or guimbal, has a rooftop deck with those vines. will ask sis.

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  37. the pinkish one under the heliconia is from the family of yellow trumpet. look closely at the buds as they are the same. i love these vines. they have a variety that has an even deeper pink-magenta color. so sassy!

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