Kapal-kapal Baging is MBG’s Plant of the Month for June 2024

The Makiling Botanic Gardens (MBG) Plant of the Month (POM) for June 2024 is the Kapal-kapal Baging, scientifically known as Hoya pubicalyx Merr. from the family Apocynaceae. The plant is endemic to the Philippines.

Kapal-kapal Baging is a climber or epiphytic and grows on trees along streams in damp forest areas. It has succulent lanceolate leaves and clusters of star-shaped inflorescence. The blooms have striking bright colors of pink, red, and nearly black hues that emit sweet fragrances during the night. It can also produce small pod-like fruits. The plant is cultivated for its ornamental value and is said to have air-purifying properties.

Did you know?

The flower of this plant is featured in the Philippine five-centavo coin.

The genus of this plant was established by Mr. Robert Brown in 1810 and named after Mr. Thomas Hoy, the Chief Gardener of the Duke of Northumder at Scion House, England.

By: AALimpiada and ACMalayba

You may also view the plant’s dedicated video via this link: https://youtu.be/dABnEL6fkkA

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