Govt’ puts up seed sources for indigenous Tamayuan tree
As part of the implementation of the National Greening Program (NGP), the government will put up seed sources for indigenous Tamayuan tree as its wood has important commercial value for construction material.
The Ecosystems Research & Devt. Bureau (ERDB) has labeled Tamayuan as an “individual plus tree” as it is a natural forest stand.
Plus trees are eyed to be massively propagated in tree breeding as they have superior phenotype (outward appearance) and are expected to have superior genotype (collection of genes that determine traits).
Tamayuan is found in Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Isabela, Bulacan, Bataan, Laguna, Tayabas, Camarines, Sorsogon, Catanduanes, Masbate, Mindoro, and Palawan.
It also grows in Leyte, Samar, Bohol, Negros, and Panay and even in Mindanao provinces.
Its wood is suitable for commercial uses such as building house posts, joists, rafters, furniture, ax handles, mining props, and railway ties.
ERDB foresters have recommended a program for sustainable forest management for Tamayuan and other tress in Mahagnao Volcano National Park.