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2020 6 3 new species of BurmanniaceaeπΊπ‘¦π‘šπ‘›π‘œπ‘ π‘–π‘β„Žπ‘œπ‘› π‘ π‘¦π‘π‘’π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘œπ‘ π‘’π‘›π‘ π‘–π‘  is the recent addition to the reported two new species of Burmanniaceae in our country. It was described from Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary in Davao Oriental which hosts a vast species of unique, endemic and even critically endangered flora and fauna.

πΊπ‘¦π‘šπ‘›π‘œπ‘ π‘–π‘β„Žπ‘œπ‘› π‘ π‘¦π‘π‘’π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘œπ‘ π‘’π‘›π‘ π‘–π‘  is a plant that does not undergo the process of photosynthesis to survive. Rather, they obtain the nutrients that they need (mostly carbon) through a mycorrhizal fungus that is attached to its roots.

Though distinct in some quantitative and qualitative features, the said species is next to πΊπ‘¦π‘šπ‘›π‘œπ‘ π‘–π‘β„Žπ‘œπ‘› π‘β„Žπ‘–π‘™π‘–π‘π‘π‘–π‘›π‘’π‘›π‘ π‘–π‘  from a forest area of Cebu that was discovered in 2019. The two are recognized as the Philippines’ first two species of Gymnosiphon.

Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary, being a home to countless unique species, truly exhibits a highly diverse ecosystem. Hand in hand, may we all continue to conserve and protect this natural habitat.