What Is The Name Of This Plant?


On 06 March 2011, my hiking buddy, Paul Basco, and I photographed this stunningly alabaster fruit during our climb at Mt. Cristobal in Quezon Province.

I posted the photo on Facebook the following day and questions pertaining to the name of this particular plant ensued. Unfortunately, I don’t know the answer.

I have already consulted Mr. Google a million times not to mention asked the botanists of Palanan Co Sierra Madre Trek and some of the highbrows I know three years ago but to no avail.

Please help!

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  1. I don’t know. It’s really pretty though! 🙂

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Thanks! It really is. That’s why I should, at least, know the name of this plant. I’m still ferreting out the name as of June 15, 2011 – when I decided to make this post sticky.

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      1. Alia says:

        don’t tell me until now that unknown plant is still a mystery, what are these experts waiting for 2013. you sir are a one lucky guy 😀

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  2. Happy Sole says:

    interesting and beautiful at the same time! who knows, its a new plant specie!

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Pleased to meet you, Happy Sole! I’d be one lucky man if it’s a new species. Hehe … I did post it on the walls of National Geographic Asia and other websites that I know can help. Unfortunately, I got no answer.

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  3. Ed says:

    looks like a small rambutan. hehe

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Yeah, without the rind.

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  4. Ibay says:

    I knew it! It’s called Vitis Fugabanensis..Kidding! Interesting find Sir! Do you have the photo of the whole thing?

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Of the whole thing … Did you mean from root to tip (like a hair)? I have more than one picture of that subject in my cam though which can give a closer look at how the vine looks.

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      1. Ibay says:

        Yep, from root to tip. I guess it would be of great help to those experts identify the plant if they have the picture of the whole thing (like how the leaves etc. look like).

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  5. Sony Fugaban says:

    In that case, God help me …

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  6. Tinkertoot says:

    I hope its a new discovery what with everything going extinct …

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      At this point, I kind of like to entertain the idea that this is a new species. Hehe …

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  7. I think it probably doesn’t even have a name yet. Maybe it’s an alien cross-breed!

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      I really love to think that this plant doesn’t have a name yet 🙂 You know what the means, right?

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  8. aRVee says:

    I agree with you, this looks like “Pearls of the Orient Seas” – nice idea, I bet you’re close but I really don’t have any idea….

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      No problem, Arvee. Just don’t forget to ask from people whom you know may help US answer this question. That’s a favor 🙂 I hope you don’t mind …

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  9. I agree with the name, ” Pearl of the Orient Seas.” It does look like a cluster of shimmering South Sea Pearls. What a great discovery.

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      I hope it is, sir. Still, I hope somebody gives me the answer anytime soon. Please help me if you don’t mind. The question has been “hanging” for like a decade now …

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  10. Ben says:

    You can also asks various natural science teachers in different school.But I doubt they’ll know but its worth the try. If it isn’t named yet, you can present it to the scientist. You can name it yourself :]

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      As I always say since I posted the photo, I wish it is a new species. Thanks for the visit, Ben!

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  11. fluffymocchi says:

    agree it’s pretty!

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  12. myfilthyroom says:

    This looks like a bubble gum that’s ready to explode.

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      That made me laugh hard. Thank you!

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  13. Looks a little like some bug laid eggs on it…

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      🙂 H’m. Thank you!

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  14. mara helga says:

    Very nice shot sir!

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Thanks, Mara! They’re like my jewels here. 😉

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  15. viviene says:

    Oh goodness! I have no idea! What is that?? It looks… Mmm.. Odd. Haha

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Your comment just gave me another step closer to becoming the founder of this plant.

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  16. rastelly says:

    I coulden’t tell you what it is, but I’de say you photographed a open
    seedpod and are looking at seeds. Mountains in tropical regions are
    said to be covered with undescribed species. That you may have
    found a new one is very possible. I would try comparing it’s leaves –
    if you can remember them – to known species. If you can find out
    what plants your vine is related to – you might be able to identify it,
    or at least look up a plant scientist. That specializes in the family.
    They might know if there is a name for what you’ve discovered.

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  17. rastelly says:

    P.S. I’ve nominated you for an award.
    Check my lastest post for the details – 🙂

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      A bunch of THANKS My friend! I am, beyond question, elated for this privilege.

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      1. rastelly says:

        Your welcome. I am curious
        about this plant too. Hope
        you can find out more about
        it. 😀

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      2. Sony Fugaban says:

        Thank you very much then, rastelly!

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Jake, this is just but timely. Thank you very (2x) much!

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  18. Nel says:

    It looks like fungus to me. *chuckles* Reminiscent of peeled lychees stuck to a tree.
    I agree with the suggestions above and consult teachers in botany. Wouldn’t it be cool if this is actually a new discovery?

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Consulting teachers in botany is a good suggestion. Thanks a lot for that!

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    2. rastelly says:

      Now you mention it – the “seeds” do resemble the
      spore pellets of splash cups, a fungus common in
      my own back yard. Fungus or not – the way it’s
      growing along a stem suggests that it might be
      an organism seperate from it’s host – like a
      bromeliad or Miseltoe.

      Though the seeds pods of the coco tree –
      where we get chololate – do seem to grow
      out of it’s trunk.

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  19. Very interesting post, Sony. It’s worth highlighting. Hope you find the answer to this soon. 🙂

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Mag-iisang taon na nga eh. Sana masagot na talaga ito. Nagtatanong-tanong parin ako hanggang ngayon.

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  20. isnt it an egg? a cross breed between a plant and an animal! LOL! just kidding! Its amazing to find such beautiful flower… or fruit… or… anyway! nice find sir! if its a new specie though, you could claim it and name it… the SONY FLOWER! hehehe! More power to you sir!^_^

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Nope, it’s not an egg. Haha … Sony Flower sounds nice.

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  21. Lois says:

    To identify it, you have to explain more about the plant itself. Is it a water plant, epiphytic (like for example bromeliads), climbing, bush etc.

    Tree frog eggs look similar to those pearly bubbles. Some tiny tree frogs lay their eggs inside bromeliad plants or on leaves. Or…. maybe some kind of lizard that laid eggs on top of a flower stem???

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Thanks for pointing that out.

      Well, this plant is an angiosperm whose branches looks like that of an ornamental bamboo — only that it crawls.

      Here’s the link that gives you a closer look at the plant:

      https://yobynos.wordpress.com/2011/11/11/weekly-photo-challenge-wonder/

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      1. Lois says:

        I have been trying to identify the plant. Still nothing, but I find that cotton fruits (Gossypium) that split open to 4 or more sections look very similar to your mystery plant, but in cottons the balls they are white and fluffy, not shiny like pearls.

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  22. I’m sure I’ve seen that plant before, but I have no idea!!
    I actually dropped by to say someone has involved me in a daft blog game and I have tagged you!
    If you drop over to my blog, you will see what I mean.
    You don’t have to take part if you don’t want to.
    http://lorely-writingfromtheedge.blogspot.com/2012/03/elevenses-tagging-along-for-ride.html

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  23. I think they are the eggs of some sort of aquatic or semi-aquatic species.

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Thanks for the that, Russel. But believe me it’s not. 🙂 It’s more of like a fruit.

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      1. Do you have pictures of the whole plant, leaves, flowers, roots, etc.? It’s hard for anyone to make an identification based on just one part of the plant, especially some of the more arcane fruits.

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  24. Nil says:

    The y look like pearls.

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  25. cheesecake says:

    Bulbasaur eggs lol

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      That is, for sure, considered as one of my top 5 choices if ever.

      Thanks a lot!

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  26. cocomino says:

    How sweet. It’s like something fruit.

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      I wish I tasted it, my friend.

      Thank you by the way for the visit. Appreciate it so much.

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  27. Have you tried with DOST? You may have just discovered a new specie! 🙂

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Nope. Maybe I really should now. Let me check if they have a facebook page where I can consult this.

      Thank you.

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  28. Lynn Millar says:

    A picture with leaves or the whole plant could help. Do you have more pictures?

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