The Shore pit viper (Cryptelytrops purpureomaculatus) is commonly seen in Sungei Buloh. But I don't see it very often on my own trips to our other mangroves. So it was a nice surprise to see this fat one at Lim Chu Kang! I love snakes and contrary to popular belief, the mangroves are not teeming with snakes. I seldom see one!
Andy also recently saw a black spitting cobra, another commonly seen snake in our mangroves and wild places.
Batik golden orb-web spider (Nephila antipodiana). These spiders are harmless and won't bite if you leave them alone.
|The other tiny spider is another kind of spider that lives in the web.|
Over the last week of neap tide, I made quick visits to several of our mangroves. In all the mangroves I visited, I saw many clusters of Mangrove stink bugs (Calliphara nobilis). These fat colourful bugs cluster under all kinds of different mangrove trees. But when young, they feed on the seeds of the Buta-buta tree (Excoecaria agallocha).
|Upper photo at Pasir Ris, lower photos at Kranji (right) and Lim Chu Kang.|
Bakau mata buaya (Bruguiera hainesii) at Pasir Ris was blooming profusely!
Kacang-kancang (Aegiceras corniculatum) flower! What a pretty little plant it is when we take a closer look. But it is very hard to spot and distinguish from other similar and more common plants.
Lenggadai (Bruguiera parviflora) at Pasir Ris were in full bloom. The trees are so beautiful! With small elegant leaves, a nice conical shape, star-shaped flowers and long dangling propagules, they look like Christmas trees!
Dugun air (Brownlowia tersa) were blooming and fruiting at all the mangrove sites I visited. The ones at Kranji had particularly large fruits!
Tengar merah (Ceriops zippeliana)!
Kalak kambing (Finlaysonia obovata).
Gedabu (Sonneratia ovata). Unlike the other Sonneratia species, Gedabu flowers have no petals.
Portia tree (Thespesia polpunea) which is really a big tree instead of the scrawny bushes that I often see elsewhere. Despite the drizzly day, it was blooming!
Kelat nasi nasi (Syzygium zeylanicum) that I saw growing wild on our coastal forests elsewhere. The Park also has planted lots of Mangrove trumpet trees (Dolichandrone spathacea) which I only noticed because of the many fallen white trumpet-like flowers. These trees were also blooming at Kranji. Also blooming in many mangroves were the Dungun (Heritiera littoralis) trees.
A special series of shore activities for kids are lined up for the June holidays, and lots more regular activities too. I love the lovely little kitchen garden in the park where young ones can learn more about plants and nature.
Tumu (Bruguiera gymnorrhiza). Here we can see the large conical shape of the buttress roots and knee roots that are usually hidden in underground.
reconstruction of the seawalls.
Rick MacPherson who blogs at the awesome Deep Sea News. The dinner was arranged by Ivan of Lazy Lizard's Tales and one of Singapore's oldest nature bloggers (in online age) Marcus aka The Budak of The Annotated Budak. We had a great time introducing Rick to typical Singapore hawker fare and sharing ideas and experiences about blogging for nature. I didn't know that Singapore bloggers were noticed by such impressive sites like Deep Sea News!