March 21, 2011

Once in a while, I veer away from my usual focus—PWDs and sped children—Nature is one of those digressions that can quite pull me away from said topics—

I was about to type when I felt the earth quaked just now…was scared and rushed out. The tremor stopped. [Intensity 3 here in our area according to reports. Nothing to worry according to our volcanologists. Our country experiences 20 earthquakes a day]. So, I am back to post my photo files of “alugbati” [scientific name: Basilia rubra Linn.], a stew vegetable and medicinal plant that grow in the Philippines. Alugbati in Tagalog, it is called “Malabar Night Shade,” “Ceylon spinach,” or “Climbing spinach” in English; “luo kui shu” in Chinese; “Pui shak” in Bengali; “Mong to” in Vietnamese, and “Bertalha” in Portuguese. Alugbati or vine spinach is commonly found in South-East Asia and Africa.

I never used to eat it until recently…when instead of using ampalaya leaves with monggo, we used alugbati. Tasted great! Manang Fely, our helper saved and planted the cuttings weeks ago. Now, the plant that had grown caught my attention. And as I always appreciate close ups of plants when I observe their forms, I couldn’t help but take my camera to record its uniqueness and intrinsic “beauty.”

Manang kept alugbati flowers still on the leaf

For scientific and medicinal quality of alugbati, click malabar-night-shade.html+alugbati+scientific+name&cd=9&hl=tl&ct=clnk&gl=ph&client=firefox-a&source=www.google.com.ph / Alugbati.html / alugbati.htm+alugbati+scientific+name&cd=1&hl=tl&ct=clnk&gl=ph&client=firefox-a&source=www.google.com.ph


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