Autumn in our mangroves! When the tide is not very low (i.e., at neap tide), I usually try to visit our mangroves. Especially to check up on our rare mangrove plants, but also to enjoy the sights like this.
Buta buta trees (Excoecaria agallocha) brightened up the gloomy mangrove forest floor in late May and early June.
Among the trees I check is the Critically Endangered Bakau Mata Buaya (Bruguiera hainesii) at Pasir Ris. I saw lots of fallen propagules in late May. But not much in subsequent visits.
Gedabu (Sonneratia ovata) were fruiting furiously. With lots of ripe fruits splitting open as they fall to the ground! The sight may look yucky but the opened fruit has a delicious sweet smell. Like fresh guava!
Kacang kacang (Aegicera corniculatum) is now my favourite mangrove plant. Those at Kranji had lots of well developing propagules.
Dungun (Heritiera littoralis) with pretty pink fuzzy bell-shaped flowers. When I came by a week later, no more flowers and no signs of fruits (yet).
Mangrove trumpet trees (Dolichandrone spathacea) have been planted. Over the last few weeks, they have been flowering, with lots of fallen flowers on the ground.
Rotan tikus (Flagellaria indica). These eventually turn into pretty pink berries.
Until the next neap tide, I hope my favourite mangroves remain safe.