Rick and Dan are from the Applied Plant Ecology Lab at NUS and besides studying the living trees, Rick is also planning to study the dead ones too. I learn that the distribution of dead ones will tell us something about what is going on in Mandai. Wow, I didn't think of this. Yes, it is important to learn about death as well as life in the mangroves!
|Mystery dead tree no. 1|
|Mystery dead tree no. 2|
Tengar putih (Ceriops tagal) that I've seen at Mandai! It's a big tree!
Ipil (Intsia bijuga). Other special plants we saw included several of the Critically Endangered Limau lelang (Merope angulata). Some were blooming and fruiting. And we also saw many patches of the Critically Endangered Kalak kambing (Finalysonia obovata).
Gedabu (Sonneratia ovata) that I've seen. This tree is Critically Endangered. As usual, Dr John Yong's 'blue' guidesheet is invaluable in helping us sort out the identification of mangrove trees! More about Dr Yong and how to download his guidesheets.
Tit-berry (Allophylus cobbe)!
Dungun air (Brownlowia tersa) was blooming and fruiting profusely!
Ant-house plants (Dischidia sp.). The Buta-buta (Excocaria agallocha) were fruiting too, as were the Api-api bulu (Avicennia rumphiana) and many of the Tumu (Bruguiera gymnorrhiza) were bearing large fat propagules. We also saw flowering Api-api putih (Avicennia alba), but none of the Api-api ludat (Avicennia officinalis) that I saw were blooming or fruting.
Perepat (Sonneratia alba). It's amazing to see so many of them. I suspect they are all Perepat trees, but Rick will be properly checking them for his study.
Beccari's seagrass (Halophila beccarii) is still doing very well at Mandai. Dan shared with me an intriguing study into the interaction between this seagrass and settling mangrove seedlings. Apparently the findings are going to be published soon. That's so exciting!
measuring elevation at Mandai.
Siva's excellent compilation.
durian tree (Durio zibethinus). Another thing to motivate us to return to check up on this wonderful mangrove.
Bakau mata buaya (Bruguiera hainesii) at Kranji. Wow, the tree sure produced a lot of propagules recently. Although as usual, some were chewed up by crabs.
To find out more, come for tomorrow's Biodiversity Symposium where Dan and his team will talk about their work at Mandai. As well as 20 other speakers on all kinds of fascinating work and insights into the biodiversity of Singapore! I'm certainly looking forward to it!