The Majestic Waling-waling — The Queen of Philippine Orchids

The Majestic Waling-waling — The Queen of Philippine Orchids

Worship by the natives as a tree goddess and desired by hundreds of flower growers! What do Waling-waling possesses that many are awed by its majestic beauty? Read on to know the orchid’s secrets.

Worship by the natives as a tree goddess and desired by hundreds of flower growers! What do Waling-waling possesses that many are awed by its majestic beauty? Read on to know the orchid’s secrets.

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Waling-waling (Euanthe sanderiana) is considered the most beautiful and popular orchid species from the Philippines. An epiphyte that thrives on branches of tall trees, it is widespread in the rainforests of Mindanao in the provinces of Cotabato, Davao, Sultan Kudarat, Surigao, and Zamboanga. Since its discovery in 1882 the elegant orchid had faced the threat of extinction, primarily due to the destruction of its natural habitat and over-collections by local inhabitants.

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The Waling-waling is a strap-leaf orchid species that comes in two forms — pink and white. It grows up to 1 meter tall with long narrow leaves. The flowers are flat about eight cm across and the leaves are about 40 cm long and 3 cm wide. The petals are obviate, bluish pink, with buff-yellow stain. The sepals are greenish with purple streaks.

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The Euanthe sanderiana or The Vanda sanderiana, thrives in a partly shaded location and blooms during the monsoon season (from July to October ). Studies have shown that the species growing at high bears flowers early. The flower comes in variety of colors including pink, brown, yellow and various shades of green. The best place to see the orchid is in the forest trees in Davao, and Surigao.

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The Waling-waling “Queen of Philippine Orchids,” is desired by orchid breeders and growers for its showy and attractive flowers. Furthermore,  the native Bagobo people worship the majestic orchid as “Diwata,” a tree goddess.

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Sunjhini, posted this comment on Jun 18th, 2012

they look amazing. thanks for sharing

lonelyplanet, posted this comment on Jun 18th, 2012

The wild orchids are stunning. Nice post.

Uma Shankari, posted this comment on Jun 18th, 2012

Awesome. Breath-takingly beautiful

Buzz J, posted this comment on Jun 18th, 2012

Beautiful article on a beautiful orchid. Thanks, kabz Don. Well done.

momofplenty, posted this comment on Jun 18th, 2012

How incredibly interesting…. as a goddess, who knew?

Starpisces, posted this comment on Jun 18th, 2012

beautiful flowers with good write up.
WOW, there are beautiful orchids in Philippines.
Get to know more about this flower, which is my country’s national flower

gaby7, posted this comment on Jun 18th, 2012

This is truly majestic!

Eunike, posted this comment on Jun 18th, 2012

Beautiful name & flower

Lady Sunshine, posted this comment on Jun 19th, 2012

What stunning coloration and marking on these orchids. Lovely!

Lady Sunshine, posted this comment on Jun 19th, 2012

“Marking” was supposed to be plural. My bad.

jennifer eiffel01, posted this comment on Jun 19th, 2012

I really like these flowers. Wish I could hop on a boat and come to your country and pick a few for my mom, the gardener =) She would love these.

PR Mace, posted this comment on Jun 20th, 2012

Such a beautiful flower.

8Shei8, posted this comment on Jun 21st, 2012

I LOVE ORCHIDS! They are my favorite. Beautiful pictures. I heard too that Philippines grows some beautiful orchids.

8Shei8, posted this comment on Jun 21st, 2012

I LOVE ORCHIDS! They are my favorite. Beautiful pictures. I heard too that Philippines grows some beautiful orchids.

8Shei8, posted this comment on Jun 21st, 2012

I LOVE ORCHIDS! They are my favorite. Beautiful pictures. I heard too that Philippines grows some beautiful orchids.

shefaliarora, posted this comment on Jun 22nd, 2012

they look amazing. thanks for sharing

SharifaMcFarlane, posted this comment on Jun 22nd, 2012

They are relaxing to look at.

SharifaMcFarlane, posted this comment on Jun 22nd, 2012

These are beautiful flowers.

avissado, posted this comment on Jul 21st, 2012

amazing, awesome, stunning, beautiful..fantastic

Eunike, posted this comment on Jul 26th, 2012

Waling-waling is absolutely very beautiful.

Eiddwen, posted this comment on Aug 17th, 2012

What a wonderful article along with those beaitiful photos. What a great post to cheer up a rainy day.
Eddy.

gaby7, posted this comment on Sep 28th, 2012

Really magestic!

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