29 July 2018

Mangroves at Ah Mah's Drinkstall

The community came together to help rebuild Ah Mah's Drinkstall!
Ah Mah's Drinkstall at Sungei Jelutong, Pulau Ubin
We hope to have some posters about the interesting mangroves around the Drinkstall. So Chay Hoon and I had a quick look this morning.


There are lots of Bakau with the looping stilt roots that says 'mangroves'!
Mangroves around Ah Mah's Drinkstall at Sungei Jelutong, Pulau Ubin
The area is a hotbed of Chengam which is not often seen on our shores. It has neat waxy spoon-shaped leaves with clusters of pretty pink flowers that turn into clumps of pale fruits.
Chengam (Scyphiphora hydrophyllacea)
And more than 20 other interesting mangrove and coastal plants. Including some plants listed as Endangered or Vulnerable in the Singapore Red Data Book. The full list is at the end of this post.
Also nice squishy mud, which is home to all kinds of animals such as fiddler crabs. We saw some Porcelain fiddler crabs right next to Ah Mah's Drinkstall.
Mangroves around Ah Mah's Drinkstall at Sungei Jelutong, Pulau Ubin
There were also lots of Mud lobster mounds near the Drinkstall. This suggests a healthy mangrove ecosystem!
Mud lobster mounds (Thalassina sp.)
There are tranquil views of Sungei Jelutong from the little bridge over it.
Mangroves around Ah Mah's Drinkstall at Sungei Jelutong, Pulau Ubin
The outdoor toilet or 'jamban' that sticks out over the stream is still there.
'Jamban' - outdoor toilet at Ah Mah's Drinkstall at Sungei Jelutong, Pulau Ubin
Ah Mah's Drinkstall is well located to serve passers by: cyclists, walkers and even kayakers who explore Sungei Jelutong.
Ah Mah's Drinkstall at Sungei Jelutong, Pulau Ubin
While the construction is on-going, her stall is located off the road. This has affected her business. So please stop by to support her if you are in the area. We also hope the permits will soon be issued to open the stall!
Ah Mah's Drinkstall at Sungei Jelutong, Pulau Ubin
Today, there were lots of local fruits for sale in Ubin Town. Heaps of rambutan.
Local fruits for sale at Pulau Ubin
And at kampung houses along the road, also nangka or jackfruit and pulasan, a rambutan look-alike.
Local fruits for sale at Pulau Ubin
As usual, the most important thing on Ubin on Sunday is lontong at the malay stall next to Ubin Jetty. It is delicious and only served on Sundays. It sells out by 11am!
Sunday only Ubin only lontong
Today, Ubin was quite festive as flags fly in preparation for National Day!
Pulau Ubin Jetty dressed up for National Day with flags
Pulau Ubin is open every day. Here's more on how to get there and what to see and do.


List of interesting plants seen near Ah Mah's Drinkstall at Sungei Jelutong, Pulau Ubin

Mangroves
Chengam (Scyphiphora hydrophyllacea)
Teruntum merah (Lumnitzera littorea) (Endangered)
Teruntum putih (Lumnitzera racemosa) (Endangered)
Bakau kurap (Rhizophora mucronata)
Bakau minyak (Rhizophora apiculata)
Buta-buta (Excoecaria agallocha)
Perepat (Sonneratia alba)
Api-api bulu (Avicennia rumphiana)
Api-api ludat (Avicennia officinalis)
Tengar merah (Ceriops zippeliana) (Endangered)
Tumu (Bruguiera gymnorrhiza)
Bakau putih (Bruguiera cylindrica)
Nipah palm (Nypa fruticans) (Vulnerable)
Nyireh batu (Xylocarpus moluccensis) (Endangered)
Nyireh bunga (Xylocarpus granatum)
Piai raya (Acrostichum aureum)
Common derris (Derris trifoliata)

Other plants
Coconut tree (Cocos nucifera)
Ketapang or Sea almond (Terminalia catappa)
Sea hibiscus (Hibiscus tiliaceus)
Dragon scales (Drymoglossum piloselloides)
Kuku tupai (Caesalpinia crista) (Vulnerable)

More photos of today's trip on flickr.

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