Monday, May 21, 2012

Collection of Philippine Flowers

There are many popular flowers sold in the Philippines today. Some of the most popular, according to many Filipinos, are red roses. Part of the reason why these specific flowers became popular is because of its use as traditional gifts in certain occasional and non-occasional events such as in Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Mother Mary's Day, as well as in courtships.

Other than red roses, other popular flowers include roses such as white and pink roses, tulips, orchids, and many other flowers found in the market. However, although these types of flowers are considered as some of the most popular flowers of the Philippines, particularly among many Filipinos, there are also other flowers which is not only popular because of its many uses, but also because these flowers are considered as true Philippine flowers.

Popular Philippine Flowers
The Philippines is home to some of the most unique and rarest flowers found across the world. Some of the most notable Philippine flowers include the popular Sampaguita, Ylang-Ylang, Waling-Waling, Gumamela, and Everlasting Flower.

Sampaguita Flowers
Also known as Jasmine, the Sampaguita flowes are some of the most popular species of flowers native to the Philippines. These flowers are normally seen and sold in the streets, which are strung together with an ylang-ylang flower.

These are then used for a variety of purposes; one of the most popular is its use as offering for the saints both in the church or at home. Other uses include gifts for tourists, new graduates, and competition winners either as traditional welcome offerings or as honorary symbols for their achievements.

Other than gifts or offerings, these flowers are also known for its medicinal properties. In the book Medicinal Plants of the Philippines by Eduardo Quisumbing, it is reported that sampaguita flowers have been applied as a poultice to the breasts of women to act as a lactifuge.

The roots and leaves also present several uses. The roots can be used to treat venereal diseases when given fresh, while a tincture made from them is reported to be used as sedative, anaesthetic, and vulnerary, while the leaves can be used in decoction for fevers.

Ylang-Ylang Flowers
Another popular species of Philippine flowers, these are also used together with the sampaguita flower as ornamentals. However, the ylang-ylang flowers are also known for its other uses. According to professionals, the essential oil of ylang-ylang is used in aromatherapy. It is believed to relieve high blood pressure, normalize sebum secretion for skin problems, and is considered to be an aphrodisiac.

Gumamela Flowers
Considered as a native of the old world, the Gumamela flowers or hibiscus are widely distributed across many tropical countries, including the Philippines. These Philippine flowers are normally used as ornamentals for its colorful flowers. It is also planted as a hedge.

Waling-Waling Flowers
Considered as one of the rarest species of orchids, the waling-waling are only found in the Philippines. 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.

Almost at the brink of extinction due to over collection of foreigners and other collectors, this was stemmed when a number of groups made a move to conserve the flower which has now remained successful in their campaigns.

There was a motion on the senate some years ago about the plans of changing the Philippine's national flower from sampaguita to the waling-waling flower. This is because the waling-waling is a unique flower only found in the Philippines. However, this motion has since moved aside for other important matters. For more information visit to our site at

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