Begonia bangsamoro was published as a new species from Mindanao in the international scientific journal Phytotaxa on April 16, 2021. Before it was confirmed as a novel species, the unique Begonia was previously spotted throughout the years in Bukidnon. When botanist Dave Buenavista chanced upon the plant in Lanao del Sur, he sent the photos to Begonia specialists who suggested its uniqueness. While B. bangsamoro may share similarities to other Philippine Begonias with lacerated leaves, further research found differences in the flowers.
Aeschynanthus rejieae from Tawi-Tawi is the first Philippine lipstick vine to be newly described after 20 years
A new lipstick vine has been found in Tawi-Tawi by researchers from the Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Inc. (PBCFI) and was recently published in the international botanical journal Phytotaxa with its official species name, Aeschynanthus rejieae. This is the latest Philippine species of Aeschynanthus to be newly described in the past 20 years.
A new, tiny jewel orchid has been discovered on the island of Bohol and named Corybas boholensis as described by researchers from multiple academic institutions in the Philippines, Taiwan, and USA. The finding was recently published in the scientific journal Phytotaxa on December 24, 2020.