Category Archives: Davao Diary

Palm Tree and Vine

There are two different plants here, which is obvious in the pictures but was less obvious when I was standing in the hot tropical sun, hunching underneath the tree trying to get pictures. The vine is, I am told by somebody who should know, a member of the tinospora species. One particular member of this […]

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Euphorbia Mili, or Crown of Thorns, houseplant in US, landscaping plant in Philippines

  This little beauty is called Euphorbia milii: Euphorbia milii (crown of thorns, Christ plant, Christ thorn) is a species of flowering plant in the spurge family Euphorbiaciae, native to Madagascar. The species name commemorates Baron Milius, once Governor of Réunion, who introduced the species to France in 1821 Why is this pretty flower called […]

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Houseplants Grow Wild in the Philippines

Cordyline fruticosa:  This is a popular houseplant in the U.S.  It’s a native outdoor species in the tropical parts of Asia and in Hawaii, and it’s been introduced in Australia.  In Hawaii it was introduced quite some time ago- the Polynesians brought it with them as the rhizomes are edible (and said to be sweet) […]

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Davao Diary Update

(I wrote this some time last week, so references to ‘today’ are not really accurate any more) I read a description in a book that is perfect for here the last couple of days- the air was mild, but had the touch of a wet sponge against her cheek.  It’s been in the 80s, but […]

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Traveling From Chicago To Davao City

Although Davao City is a huge international metropolis of 1 and a half million people, there are no direct flights from the U.S. to Davao.  We came by way of Manilla.  If doing it all over again, I would look and see if there is some other way to get to Davao- going through Singapore?  […]

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