A rare and special mangrove creeper grows among the mangrove trees that line the Kranji Canal.
Many of the mangrove trees here are draped with different kinds of creepers. The pretty Common derris (Derris trifoliata) was blooming, with clusters of delicate pink flowers. There were also a lot of Morning glory creepers with bright purple flowers.
Kalak kambing (Finlaysonia obovata) that I saw more than a year ago. It was blooming! But I couldn't spot any of the typical two-horned fruit. Most of the plant grew on the side of the tree facing the water. So I couldn't get a closer photo. The Kalak kambing seems less bushy than when I last saw it.
There are lots of the common mangrove trees here. The Api-api putih (Avicennia alba) and Api-api ludat (Avicennia officinalis) were blooming. The Buta-buta (Excoecaria algallocha) had just bloomed. And there were a lot of Sea hibiscus (Hibiscus tiliaceus), mostly in fruit, with some blooms.
Nipah palm (Nypa fruticans)!
Mangrove ferns (Acrostichum aureum) too. I saw several large water birds, probably herons, and a monitor lizard. But no luck with otters this time.
The properties on the edge of the mangroves seem dedicated to heavy duty industries. One had huge piles of dead heavy vehicles.
The entire Mandai area has interesting pockets of wild places among the heavy industries that are found here. The railway line also runs nearby. Andy recently found the rare Beccari's seagrass (Halophila beccarii) at Sungei Mandai.
Hopefully, these places can be better appreciated.