Gabing Tigre is MBG’s Plant of the Month for June 2022

The Makiling Botanic Gardens (MBG) Plant of the Month (POM) for June 2022 is the Gabing tigre, scientifically known as Alocasia zebrina C. Koch.&Veitch. is from the family Araceae and is endemic to the Philippines.

Gabing tigre’s leaf usually has many leaves with arrow-like shaped (sagittate). Petioles are long and pale green, streaked with darker green to brown stripes with bract-like modified leaves that protects new emerging leaves on its basal area also called cataphylls. Its flowers are a white spadix (includes fleshy spike & clusters of unisexual, apetalous (no petals) flowers) type of inflorescence with a greenish long-peduncled spathe while its fruit is a berry, green when young and turns red as it matures.

Did you know?

That harvesting wild Gabing tigre is illegal in the Philippines and is punishable with 6 to 10 years imprisonment and P100K to P1M fine?

To know more about this plant, watch this video:

By: AALimpiada and ACMalayba

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