The mangrove forest at Mandi is huge! I did it in sections (more or less). Today, on the fourth day of visiting, I managed (finally) to get to the stream at the northern most end of the mangroves. I believe it is called Sungei Fatimah. And there's still more mangroves on the other side which I haven't seen!
Gedabu (Sonneratia ovata)! It's possibly the tallest one I've seen so far. It was furiously flowering, but I couldn't see any fruits. This tree is listed as Critically Endangered.
seashore spider lily (Crinum asiaticum) grows near a humungous Jejawi tree (Ficus microcarpa). Although the lily is widely grown in our parks, it is listed as Critically Endangered. And indeed, I very seldom come across wild ones.
Kalak kambing (Finalysonia obovata) sprawling over a sunny open area in the midst of the trees. Some were blooming! I also saw several other smaller clumps, sprawling over trees dead and alive.
Ipil (Intsia bijuga) trees. One was small, the other was quite tall. I saw some pods but didn't see any flowers. This tree is listed as Critically Endangered.
Limau Lelang (Merope angulata) and some of them were blooming and fruiting!
Teruntum putih (Lumnitzera racemosa). There are a few large trees, lots of skinny but tall ones, and many many small bushes everywhere near the bigger mother plants.
Dungun (Heritiera littoralis) with some very tall specimens, though most were small trees or just bushes. Many of them were blooming!
Dungun air (Brownlowia tersa). This plant is listed as Endangered, and many of the clumps were flowering and fruiting.
Nipah palms (Nypa fruticans). Many of them were blooming and fruiting. This plant is listed as Vulnerable.
Beccari's seagrass (Halophila beccarii), not only on the seaward side of the shore, but also in the back mangroves and upstream of small mangrove streams.
Api-api bulu (Avicennia rumphiana).
Api-api putih (Avicennia alba).
Api-api ludat (Avicennia officinalis).
Nyireh bunga (Xylocarpus granatum). Just a few, but one of them was very large and flowering.
Sea gutta (Pouteria obovata).
Dragon scales (Drymoglossum piloselloides) a kind of creeping fern. The fertile leaves that bear spores are long and narrow, edged with brown spores on the underside. These tough little ferns pave the way for less hardy ferns to settle on the dry trunks and branches of trees by creating more conducive micro-habitats.
In the process of looking up at trees, I missed the fauna forest! But I did accidentally see some animals too. These are in the next post.