December 11, 2023

Forest Foundation Philippines Launches Book on Ultramafic Flora of the Philippines

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Forest Foundation Philippines launched its grantees Dr. Edwino Fernando and Dr. Marilyn Quimado’s latest book on ultramafic forests.

Titled “Ultramafic Flora of the Philippines: An Introduction to the Seed Plant Diversity on Philippine Ultramafics,” this publication documents two decades worth of research and extension work in the understudied field of ultramafic forests in the Philippines. 

Forests over ultramafic rocks, locally known as bonsai forests, are known for hosting plants with high levels of endemism, particularly species that can absorb high amounts of nickel. These forests are often found in mining areas, where their existence are often threatened.

At present, there is limited recognition and information about indigenous flora in the ultramafic forests of the Philippines. This results in a lack of understanding, disregard, and inadequate conservation efforts and protection mechanisms for this endangered plant community. 

The book launch was attended by key stakeholders from the government, academe, civil society, representatives from mining companies including the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and University of the Philippines Los Baños.

About the Book:

  • Features metallophytes and hyperaccumulators, indices of common and scientific names of species and families, and information on its endemicity
  • Published by the University of the Philippines Los Baños
  • A5 size
  • Full color print
  • 294 pages including cover
  • Smyth sewn hardbound with printed cover 

Order Information:

The book is being sold by the University of the Philippines Los Baños for PHP 1,200. For more information, please send a message to All proceeds go to the authors and the publishers. Forest Foundation Philippines does not earn from the sales of the book.