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Pope Francis' Plant Found Only in the Philippines

Antique

Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | Mar 26, 2015
Pope Francis' Plant Found Only in the Philippines

This new species is critically endangered due to its small number left.

Hedyotis papafranciscoi; photo by Grecebio Jonathan Alejandro from varsitarian.net

UST Director of Graduate Studies, Jonathan Alejandro, along with his team discovered three new species of the endemic Hedyotis: Hedyotis culasinensis, Hedyotis davaoensis and Hedyotis papafranciscoi.

The flowers of H. papafranciscoi are white in color with purple calyx lobes. Its flowers appear in almost every leaf axil which is rare in Hedyotis plants. The H. papafranciscoi is not a typical Hedyotis plant because it does not have terminal buds at the tip of the stem.

Hedyotis papafranciscoi; photo by Grecebio Jonathan Alejandro from varsitarian.net

The plant usually blooms flowers in April. So come this summer, visit Antique and see these beautiful flowers blossom. 


How to Get There

Antique is accessible from major cities of the country through Iloilo City, from where buses leave for San Jose, the province's capital town. Travel time is approximately 2 hours.

From Manila, you can fly to Iloilo (estimated cost of Php3,000++, round trip, one hour). From Iloilo Airport, you can hail a cab and ask to be dropped off at your destination.

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