Apr 09 (although they were probably growing there much much earlier). And I had a quick look at them with NParks friends on our many-island tour a few days ago. Today, Hui Ping from Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve came along to have a closer look at the mangroves.
There is an amazing variety of mangroves growing on this seawall. And they are quite tall and well grown too! On our trip, the different kinds of mangrove trees we saw included common ones like Api-api bulu (Avicennia rumphiana), Perepat (Sonneratia alba), Nyireh bunga (Xylocarpus granatum), Bakau putih (Bruguiera cylindrica), Tumu (Bruguiera gymnorrhiza), Bakau kurap (Rhizophora mucronata). As well as those listed as Vulnerable on our Red List such as Tengah putih (Ceriops tagal) and Bakau pasir (Rhizophora stylosa).
|Some of the trees are taller than Hui Ping!
|Tengar putih (left) and Perepat (right) blossoms.
|Sealed wall (upper portion) versus open bouldery bottom wall.
Gelang laut (Sesuvium portulacastrum) that cover the high shore. It would be great to eventually have a little mangrove forest on Pulau Hantu!
|Gelang laut or 'Garland of the Sea' is a tough seashore plant
with pretty tiny blossoms.
|The brown layer in the water outside the seawall
are Sargassum seaweeds growing on the reefs there.
|Corals and seagrasses grow in the lagoon
beneath the mangroves on the wall!
After the quick mangrove exploration, I headed down to the shore to check out the coral bleaching situation at Pulau Hantu.