I had a closer look at mangroves of Kranji Nature Trail over the last two days. And was delighted to see several rare plants in bloom!
Dungun air (Brownlowia tersa) are quite delightful.
This mangrove understorey shrub is quite abundant in the back mangrove areas of Kranji and Sungei Buloh. The only other place I've seen them is at Woodlands Park. They are listed as Endangered.
Kempudang baran (Cassine viburnifolia) trees! This tree is listed as Critically Endangered. They were both fruiting and one was also flowering.
Bakau mata buaya (Bruguiera hainesii) here and it was flowering profusely. With lots of calyx scattered under the big tree.
which I visited recently, the nasty prickly climber Caeselpinia crista was in full bloom here too! The very pretty flowers almost make me forgive these thorny plants for the unpleasant difficulties they pose in negotiating the back mangroves.
Tumu (Bruguiera gymnorrhiza) trees here. Most of them were also blooming, which they seem to do almost all the time. Some have pale calyx which make over enthusiastic mangrove freaks like me imagine that they are the rare Tumu berau (Bruguiera sexangula).
More about the exploding pouched petals here.
Buta-buta trees (Excoecaria algallocha) have done flowering and the female trees were full of little round fruits.
Mangrove shield bug (Calliphara nobilis). I saw several juvenile bugs among the fruits.
Jeruju or Sea holly (Acanthus sp.) in an open, sunny part of the back mangroves.
More about Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and the Kranji Nature Trail, see also the official Reserve website. There are many interesting programmes and walks at the Reserve.