I've heard so much about the magical mangroves here, so I was very excited to make my first trip today.
Beccari's seagrass (Halophila beccarii) growing right through to the back mangroves!
I'm not too surprised to see such large meadows of this rare seagrass. As they're growing quite well on the Kranji side of Sungei Mandai Besar.
Mandai is Merope-land! I was kindly shown many many plants of the Limau lelang (Merope angulata). Listed as Critically Endangered, many were bearing large healthy fruits. The plant does have a faint pleasant lime-like smell.
Seashore spider lily (Crinum asiaticum). Although this lily is widely planted in our parks and gardens, I have never seen in the wild. Perhaps this is why this plant is listed as Critically Endangered.
Mangrove trumpet tree (Dolichandrone spathacea). This tree is listed as Critically Endangered and is now planted in some of our parks and gardens.
Dungun air (Brownlowia tersa). Listed as Endangered, many were flowering! I noticed a strange thing today. When we walked past this clump of flowers at about 3pm, the flowers were closed. On the way back a few hours later, I noticed the flowers were fully opened. Are the flowers night-blooming? Hmm...
Ant-house plant (Dischidia sp.) which has inflated leaves to provide a home for ants. In exchange, the plants enjoy the nutrients brought in and pooped out by the ants. Today I noticed long green bean-like things growing from the plant. Are these its fruits? It also had tiny flower buds.
Wax plant (Hoya sp.). This one was flowering! The pretty flowers do look like they are made of wax. From the flowers, this is probably Hoya verticillata.
Kalak kambing (Finlaysonia obovata). They draped on trees, sometimes forming thick curtains, and even crept over the ground. The next time I come I shall look more carefully for flowers and fruits. I was too excited this trip.
Mangrove stink bug (Calliphara nobilis) that feeds on the fruits of the Buta-buta tree (Exoecaria algallocha) which were plentiful in this mangrove.
Teruntum putih (Lumnitzera racemosa), but also many tall old grizzled trees! A Lumnitzera forest! Wow.