Philippine Ferns and their Importance
Ferns or pteridophytes are primitive plants that are flowerless and seedless. They reproduce by means of spores found in their leaves or fronds. Widely distributed in the temperate and tropical areas of the world from the lowlands to mountain forests, there are about 12,000 kinds (species) of ferns known to man.
There are about 800 kinds of ferns in the Philippines, according to Dr. Victor Amoroso, one of the country’s leading fern specialists and a professor of the Central Mindanao University (CMU) in Musuan, Bukidnon. Of the total, 2m species are endemic (native) and 625 are non-endemic or introduced. Continue reading “Philippine Ferns and their Importance”