Tillandsia Blooms

Tillandsia
Tillandsia

Just happy with my Tillandsia giving off flowers. ūüôā

 

Beezzy Bees in the Garden

 

Sweet scented flower
Sweet scented flower

These white flowers, I don’t know the name blooms in bunches once in a while and the flowers will last for just half a day.

Sweet scented flower
Sweet scented flower

Its sweet scent will cover the entire area and the buzzing bees of course.

Morning Glory flower
Morning glory flower

The bee with blue and black bands below is a regular visitor of my Lantana camara plant .I noticed him flying around that plant  just last month. and it keeps on coming back.

Lantana camara flower
Lantana camara flower

Fungus 9: Jelly Fungus

Jelly Fungus
Dacryopinax sp.

These brightly colored yellow to orange fungi came out on the cracks and crevices of a dead wood.

Jelly Fungus
Flattens upward

The fruiting bodies  started out as a single rounded stalk then as it gets older, it flattens towards the upper part.

Jelly Fungus
Fan-shaped

Forming a shape of a spatula and widens up more, making it look like a fan. It grows in clusters or  in rows. Some will branched out.

Jelly Fungus
Growing in cluster

They are soft, bouncy and rubbery if touched. When expose to sun, they dried out and shrink

Jelly Fungus
When exposed to sun

They became hardy and changed to reddish-orange in color, but after heavy rains, they turned back to their gelatinous appearance again.

Jelly Fungus

 

Location: Toril/ Habitat: Dead woods/ Phylum: Basidiomycota/ Order: Dacrymycetales/ Family: Dacrymycetaceae/ Species: Dacryopinax sp. ~spathularia

Bitter Melon in My Yard Garden

Bitter Melon/ Ampalaya Plant
Bitter melon

Bitter Melon/ Ampalaya Plant

Bitter Melon/ Ampalaya Plant
Bitter melon flower

Bitter melon or popularly known as ampalaya in the Philippines tasted bitter. Hehe ūüôā Seriously now… ¬†I love it, it’s one of my favorite vegetable and it’s really good with omelette . Others, especially the kids don’t like the bitter taste of it, so after chopping, the mother ¬†will squeezed it with salt to extract and remove the bitterness. I like it ¬†bitter where nutrients are not drained out. I tried it eaten raw, chopped with a dash of salt.¬†This would also make a perfect blend for sinuglaw, a recipe of mixed grilled meat and fresh raw fish cured in vinegar, lemon and spices. The young shoots were also good for cooking, even the leaves, I can add it with any dishes, but not too much because it will overpower the taste of your recipe.

Bitter Melon/ Ampalaya Plant
Flower turning to fruit
Bitter Melon/ Ampalaya
Sliced bitter melon

Planting this tropical climbing vine them does not need any major preparations. I just used the seeds taken out from the bitter melon which I bought from the local supermarket. I sow the seeds on the spot where I wanted them to grow. The ones that grow at the back of our house turned yellowish in color and not looking healthy maybe because the area was too hot for them. 

My bitter melon plant keep on producing ¬†fruit and my neighbors were also enjoying it. In just one seed there’s a lot of fruit to harvest. It’s worth to be planted in the yard.

Fern 10: Gelatinous fiddleheads

Gelatinous Fern Fiddlehead

This furled frond of a young fern had a gelatinous substance covering the entire rachis  or the midrib of frond.

Gelatinous Fern Fiddlehead

Some parts of it were insects trapped in the slime.  It made me think that the mucous covering  will served as its protection from the insects that feed on its sap.

Gelatinous Fern Fiddlehead

And maybe, these ferns were sharing the same habitat together with insects that feed on young ferns. Well, just a thought.

Location: Buda/ Habitat: Forest/ Division: Pteridophyta

Polydesmid Millipede

Ventral view of Polydesmid Millipede
Orthomorpha sp.

This polydesmid millipede was burrowing its way through the space between the ground and the log.

Polydesmid Millipede
Body segments of Orthomorpha

It has two pairs of legs per body segment. The legs are banded with color brown, white and orange with  a brightly colored rustic brown to yellow paranota. It can also crawl upside down.

Polydesmid Millipede
Orthomorpha dorsal view

 

Location: Buda/ Class: Diplopoda/ Order: Polydesmida/ Species: Orthomorpha sp.

Land snail

Land snail
Land Snail

The shell was empty when I found this in the forest and I don’t know the name of the snail. Its color was interesting and new to me so I snapped a picture of it before I went on.

Location: Buda/ Phylum: Mollusca/ Class: Gastropoda

Fungus 8: Ascomycetous Fungi

Fungus
Close-up view of Xylaria, ascomycetous fungi.

A fungi with twisted branching fruiting bodies, color black at the base and powdered grayish-white color towards the middle going to the top. It looks like a burnt twig covered with ash powder on its body. If you look closely, you can see  powdered substance  spreading out at its base.

Fungus
Ascomycetous fungi
Dr. Medina, examining fungus.

We found this fungus growing on a rotten wood covered with mosses and leaf litters.

 

 

Location: Buda/ Phylum: Ascomycota/ Species: Xylaria sp.

 

Fungus 7: Candle-Snuff Fungus

Xylaria sp.
Xylaria sp.

Found in a rotten wood growing through the mosses. These fungi were small and erect. Appeared in masses and noticeable because of their contrasting black and white color.

Candle-Snuff Fungus

The color of the base is black, powdery gray towards the middle and color white at the tip.

Candle -Snuff Fungus

The fruiting bodies of this batch were not branching out,  with single spike only.

Location: Buda/ Division: Ascomycota/ Family: Xylariaceae/ Species: Xylaria sp.

Ninja Turtle Is In The House?

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Lime swallowtail caterpillar

No, he’s not one of the ninja turtles. It’s a caterpillar, eating on a lime leaf. ¬†ūüôā

It will soon become a  lime swallowtail butterfly. It has no tail unlike most swallowtail butterflies.

Papilio demoleus
Papilio demoleus caterpillar.

The caterpillar’s length was about four to five centimeter and it consumed a lot of lime leaves. The poop was rounded and black.

Location: Toril/ Habitat: Garden/ Family: Papilionidae/ Species: Papilio demoleus