Volume 3 No. 4 – Reforestation species: Datiles (Muntingia calabura L.); Calliandra (Calliandra calothyrsus Meissn.); Malapapaya [Polyscias nodosa (Blume) Seemann]
For this issue, we are featuring Calliandra, Datiles and Malapapaya. The first 2 species are medium-sized which reach a height of 4 – 12 meters and a diameter of 8.5 to 20 cm while Malapapaya reaches a height of 25 m and a diameter of about 50 cm.
Presently, trial planting of Calliandra is being conducted in the reforestation sites in Magat, Nueva Vizcaya. It is also planted in Davao del Sur and in some provinces in Central Visayas.
Datiles is a fast-growing, short-lived evergreen species that abundantly grows in all parts of the country. It is a generally desirable species because of its ability to compete with weeds and grasses.
Both Calliandra and Datiles are exotic species. However, Calliandra is drought resistant and is mot suitable for planting in areas where the soil water level is high and with adequate drainage while Datiles can adapt to many soil types but mostly prefers sandy areas.
On the other hand, Malapapaya is endemic to the Philippines. It can also be found in Solomon Island, Malesia, Celebes and Papua New Guinea.
With the addition of three more promising species for reforestation purposes, we hope we can give our readers more choices on what to propagate.
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