Funny furry Finalysonia blossoms! With strange curly things in the middle.
Kalak kambing (Finlaysonia obovata) climbers at Mandai mangroves this evening. A quick mizzly trip (miserable drizzle) and yet we saw interesting stuff in this special mangrove.
Here's what it looks like from another angle. To me, it looks like a cookie with icing on it, or perhaps I'm just hungry. Some say the flowers have a noxious smell and are believed to be pollinated by flies and beetles that are attracted to rotting carcasses. But I didn't smell anything.
Face-banded crabs (Perisesarma sp.)
Black-mouth nerites (Dostia cornucopia) which are only found in the mangroves.
Red-mouth mangrove nerites (Dostia violacea).
Beccari's seagrass (Halophila beccarii) is still doing well here. They grow densely and are a fresh green.
including those at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.
June 2012! Alas, I wish I had more time to visit our mangroves more often.