Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary Houses 2nd New Species of Burmanniaceae in the Philippines
𝐺𝑦𝑚𝑛𝑜𝑠𝑖𝑝ℎ𝑜𝑛 𝑠𝑦𝑐𝑒𝑜𝑟𝑜𝑠𝑒𝑛𝑠𝑖𝑠 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.
𝐺𝑦𝑚𝑛𝑜𝑠𝑖𝑝ℎ𝑜𝑛 𝑠𝑦𝑐𝑒𝑜𝑟𝑜𝑠𝑒𝑛𝑠𝑖𝑠 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 𝐺𝑦𝑚𝑛𝑜𝑠𝑖𝑝ℎ𝑜𝑛 𝑝ℎ𝑖𝑙𝑖𝑝𝑝𝑖𝑛𝑒𝑛𝑠𝑖𝑠 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.