Molave Tree (Vitex parviflora)Freedom Island Trail (Rail Road), Parañaque, Metro Manila
The Molave tree or Vitex parviflora is part of the Verbenaceae family. It is closy related to the lagundi (Vitex negundo). It is commonly found in Asian countries such as the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia. The molave tree is classified as a medium to large tree since it can shoot up to a height of 30 meters. It has many uses due to its strong and sturdy wood. Its wood can be used in constructing bridges, ships, and railroad ties. The molave tree’s bark and wood also has medicinal properties which aids in wounds or poisonous bites. Unfortunately, due to excessive logging, the molave tree has become a scarce tree.