I’ve been to Batad twice, one on July 2008 and the recent was just this April 2011. On both my trips, I found these 3 floras that are unique to a person that grew up in the city such as me.
1. The Dotted Leaf (Unknown Name)
This leaf got my attention with its 5-centavo-sized-nipple-like features. When you look below you’ll see orange spots on where the features can be seen.
It may just be a plant disease but its uniformity along the leaves of the plant makes me think that it is natural to the plant.
I saw this when I went to Batad on July 2008. Unfortunately, the area where the plant was located is already being developed into a road. But I’m still hoping to see this plant on other locations of Batad in my future visits.
2. The Thousand Dragon’s Nail (Jade Vine)
I saw this when a local was passing by carrying the flower. It reminded me of a spiked-metal ball with a chain used in the Gladiator movie. Unfortunately, I never got to see the whole plant and I never got the name of the flower.
Update: The name of the Flower is Jade Vine. For more information visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strongylodon_macrobotrys
Thanks to Amihan and The Pinay Solo Backpacker for the information.
3. The Hairy Balls (Bulala)
I saw this fruit near Rita’s Mount View Inn. I quickly looked for a local and asked what the fruit is called, they answered Bulala. I asked what does it mean and they all laughed out loud. Apparently, it means bayag or the male testicle.
If you touch the fruit, it’s actually hollow inside. It made me think if this was really a fruit or was it another form of its flower.
It’s not only the beautiful sceneries that makes me want to travel, but also this little bits of details that are unknown to me and are waiting for me to discovered. Unfortunately, “developments” on different locations in the Philippines are slowly eradicating unique things such as these.
If you happen to know the names or some information about the plants, please let me know via the comment thread so that others would also gain knowledge.