I decided to have a closer look at the mysterious 'white patch' in the middle of Pulau Semakau's mangroves.
Seashore bat lily (Tacca leontopetaloides)!
So far, I've only seen this Critically Endangered coastal plant on Pulau Semakau. Some of the plants here were growing among large debris that somehow managed to get deep into this mangrove area. Sigh.
made a brief trip to see the mysterious 'white patch' that can be seen from Google Earth. Dr John Yong kindly then commented that "the 'white patch' may be the elusive hot-spring that we (with Mr Chua Keng Soon, Dr. Hugh Tan) visited many years before the construction of the landfill? Should have unique plants and especially ant plants growing epiphytically on the Lumnitzera?" So I was determined to have a closer look.
Seashore pandan (Pandanus tectorius), Sea lettuce (Scaevola taccada), Bedara laut (Ximenia americana) and other common coastal plants.
Api-api putih (Avicennia alba), Chengam (Scyphiphora hydrophyllacea), Bakau minyak (Rhizophora apiculata), Perepat (Sonneratia alba).
Bakau pasir (Rhizophora stylosa) and Tumu (Bruguiera gymnorrhiza). There were also many healthy trees of other common species.
Tengar putih (Ceriops tagal).
Nyireh batu (Xylocarpus moluccensis) as it didn't have peeling bark.
Teruntum merah (Lumnitzera littorea) near the edge of the forest. I didn't manage to see any strange epiphytes during this brief trip. I guess I was too distracted by the otter that I saw earlier! I'll have to come back and explore deeper in the mangroves.
Butterfly Circle who have kindly agreed to do another survey of butterflies in the grasslands, forests and mangroves here. As usual, BC folks bring sunny weather and equally sunny company!
about the otter I saw today!
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