- Volume 31 No. 2 – Timbangan (Aristolochia tagala Cham.)
- Butterfly farming is an important source of livelihood for a number of people. For instance, in Marinduque, it is common for people to enter into this kind of venture and some even export live pupae to other countries for display.
Timbangan (Aristolochia tagala Cham.) has certain medicinal properties but is more widely cultivated for the purpose of butterfly farming. It is a host plant for some butterfly species native to the Philippines which are in demand both in the local and international markets. In the Makiling Forest Reserve, two (2) genera of butterflies are known to utilize this plant as its host, Troides and Pachliopta. The Palawan Birdwing (Trogonoptera trojana Honrath), a species endemic to its namesake, also feed on timbangan.
This issue of RISE is intended for individuals who are interested in the various characteristics, uses, and properties of timbangan. To butterfly farmers who are currently reading this, may this material provide useful information in order for you to advance your endeavors.