New wax plant found in Dinagat named after Sara Duterte

A new Philippine Hoya specimen named after Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

Scientists from the University of Mindanao’s Biodiversity and Environment Institute have discovered a new plant species near a mining area in the province of Dinagat Islands in Caraga region.

Biodiversity and Environment Institute director Milton Norman Medina named the plant, or Philippine Hoya specimen, Indaysarae, in recognition of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio’s  support for nature conservation and environmental advocacies.

The plant species was discovered on April 23, 2017, while a team of experts  doing a research in Central Dinagat Islands.

The 1.4 cm Hoya indaysarae, marked with pinkish color at the tip of its apex was collected from a Kamagong tree (Diospyros blancoi) thrived beside a river near a mining area at 100 meters above sea level.

The flower of the vine plant grows in old trees endemic to the Philippines. By GD

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