There are many exotic types of flowers to see and buy when you travel to the Philippines. It is a land that is home to hundreds of kinds of different orchids, as well as tropical hibiscus and flowering herb bushes. Whether you are traveling through areas of the rainforest or amongst busy metropolitan areas, there are several flowers that stand out amongst the rest as those you should keep your eyes out for.
This is the national flower of the Philippines. It is commonly known as the Arabian Jasmine, or the Jasminum sambac. It is small, white flower, with a strong scent, that can come with five petals, double petals, or in the shape of a small rose. These flowers do not last long, blooming at night and sometimes wilting within twelve hours. The people of the Philippines enjoy stringing these flowers into garlands and leis. They sell the flowers on the streets or use them to decorate.
This is the flower of the cananga tree. It is star-shaped and usually greenish yellow to more solid yellow. A fragrant essential oil is gathered from these flowers and used frequently in aromatherapy and natural health practices. Ylang-Ylang is native to the Philippines and Indonesia.
There are over 1000 species of orchids in the Philippines. One of the rarest and sought after is the Waling-Waling. Waling-Waling is also one of the largest species of orchid. It grows in the Mindanao area, in the rainforests of Davao and Sultan Kudarat.
The Gumamela is also known as Hibiscus or China Rose. It is a shrub plant that flowers in a variety of colors such as red, yellow, white and pink.The blossoms have five large petals and a pronounced stamen in the middle. The leaves of this plant are used for medicinal purposes in herbal teas and believed to serve as an anti-inflammatory, among other things.
Dama de Noche
This is another night-blooming flower with a rich, sweet scent. The flowers grow from a tree and are have thin petals and are white in color. The Dama De Noche has shown itself to be toxic to livestock and animals, and could have similar poisoning effects on humans if eaten, though in Mexico it has been used as an herbal medicine.
Melissa Voelker has been a professional writer since 2002. She works full time at a TV station in the commercial traffic department and also writes for Paperbackreader.com and Pinkraygun.com. Her articles have appeared in "Listen," "The Spokesman Review" and "Freepress Houston."