These are average sized ‘giant’ pili trees (photos) in the mountain village of Odikin. Others are more ancient looking and much massive in size. It is obvious that these are the original inhabitants of the place.
Odikin officially referred to as Barangay Santa Barbara is located in the lower slopes of Mount Bulusan around 2 km from the PDZ (Permanent Danger Zone) of Bulusan Volcano.
Kept notes from the definitive Pili monograph authored by the eminent scientist Roberto E. Coronel reads :
“Origin and geographic distribution:
The pili is indigenous to the Philippines (Merrill 1912, 1923; Wester 1921; Brown 1954; Li 1970). The crop’s centre of genetic diversity is the Bicol region, possibly in the virgin rainforests surrounding Mt. Bulusan, in the Province of Sorsogon. In the forests of this province, very old pili nut trees measuring more than 50 m in height can still be found today.”
Photos: Alma P. Gamil /photo of me amongst the pili trees by Loida, my sis-in-law.
2013 April Santa Barbara, Bulusan, Sorsogon