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Plant of the Month
Fabulous Frangipanis
Frangipani, scientifically known as Plumeria sp., is one of the most popular ornamental trees in Singapore. You can easily find one along roadsides, in parks or residential areas. Depending on the cultivar, frangipani flowers come in various colours which can be white, yellow, pink or even rainbow coloured. Plumeria 'Jean Moragne' produces fabulous flowers up to 13 cm in diameter, with a mix of fruity and rosy scent. This cultivar is named after the daughter-in-law of William M. Moragne Sr., a famous frangipani breeder in 20th century. Frangipani plants love sunlight and need well-drained soils. Treat them nicely and you will be rewarded with a profusion of flowers all the year round. Click on the button below to learn more.
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Animal of the Month
Tigers in Coney
The colourful Common Tiger is a common species in many urban parks of Singapore. Much like the closely related Monarch Butterfly, this butterfly sequesters chemicals in its host plants, thus defending itself against predators by making it unpalatable. A good place to see this species is the newly opened Coney Island, where these butterflies can be seen fluttering about the Coastal Meadows display in large numbers!
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A new name for our national flower
Did you know that Singapore’s national flower has changed name? Formerly known as Vanda Miss Joaquim, taxonomists have reclassified it from the genus Vanda to Papilionanthe. Our national flower is now known as Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim, a hybrid formed by crossing the orchids Papilionanthe teres and Papilionanthe hookeriana together. This hybrid was named after Agnes Joaquim (1854-1899), the first person to successfully cross these 2 orchid species. Miss Joaquim was part of the Armenian community in Singapore, and she created the hybrid in her home garden in Tanjong Pagar in 1893. Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim was chosen as the national flower because of its bright colours, free flowering nature and ability to withstand difficult growing conditions. It is the only hybrid to be selected as a national flower.
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Regeneration of plant from the world's oldest fruit!
32,000 years old fruits of Silene stenophylla were discovered in northeastern Siberia, buried 38 meters underneath undisturbed and never thawed permafrost. The fruits were buried by Ice Age squirrels near the banks of the Kolyma River. After in-vitro propagation Silene stenophylla successfully flowered and fruited; and even produced viable offspring. This arctic plant is by far the most ancient ever revived. The previous record holder was a date palm (Phoenix dactylifera) found in an ancient jar excavated from Masada, growing from 2,000 years old seeds Click here link to find out more.
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