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Mt. Manalmon Plants, Ants, and Other Things

Posted by Louise L. Hagedorn on March 17, 2014 in Photos |

One of my favorite things to do is take close-up shots of what I find interesting. During our hike at Mt. Manalmon, there were many interesting plant patterns.

The first thing we noticed was an ant nest made of leaves.

Ant nest made of leaves.

Ant nest made of leaves.

Ant nest up close.

Ant nest up close.

Further along the path were plants that had an interesting fringe pattern on the leaves.

Leaves with fringe pattern

Leaves with fringe pattern

 

Close-up of fringe pattern leaves.

Close-up of fringe pattern leaves.

 

Fringe patterned leaves, with what I think are spores.

Fringe patterned leaves, with what I think are spores, a type of seeds. It hard to tell without dissecting.

There were leaves with variegated patterns.

Variegated leaves

Variegated leaves 1

 

Variegated leaves 2

Variegated leaves 2

 

Variegated leaves 3

Variegated leaves 3

One of my absolute favorites on the trail were the pineapples. They were bright against the mostly green foliage. They aren’t as big as store-bought pineapples, about less than 1/3 the size, but apparently are much sweeter. All the pineapples we came across were immature, so we didn’t even try picking them. They would have been horribly sour.

Not yet ready for picking, so leave it alone!

Not yet ready for picking, so leave it alone!

There were plants with leaves like flowers.

Flower bud? No, leaves 1

Flower bud? No, leaves.

 

Flower bud? No, leaves close-up

Flower bud? No, leaves from a different angle.

One plant even had a very apt, if sexually explicit name. The locals call it Burat Aso, or Dog Penis, because of the shape of its seed heads.

Burat Aso plant.

Burat Aso plant.

 

Burat Aso plant flower close-up.

Burat Aso plant seed head close-up.

 

Burat Aso plant at another angle, because you really need to see it.

Burat Aso plant at another angle, because you really need to see it.

If I remember my botany lessons correctly, it looks like a type of grass. The seed head is more correctly known as an inflorescence. I can’t correctly identify the type of inflorescence as I didn’t dissect it to reveal the stem, known as the rachis, and how the inflorescence connects to it.

Another favorite of mine is this tree we saw along the trail.

A tree trunk that looks like a fish on a line.

A tree trunk that looks like a fish on a line.

The neighboring mountain of Mt. Manalmon, Mt. Gola, is where there used to be marble quarrying. They used to quarry pink marble. The barangay was able to force the miners out of the mountain, to preserve the mountain and the river system. You can see how beautiful the stones are by what was left behind.

This stone was left behind by the miners, because the color was speckled instead of uniformly across the stone.

This stone was left behind by the miners, because the color was speckled instead of uniform across the stone.

It’s difficult to determine which stones were left the way they were because of nature, or because of the quarrying.

Stones by the river.

Stones by the river.

I want to go back. I know there’s still more to see.

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