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Plant of the Month
Happy Mother’s Day!
Celebrate Mother’s Day in the month of May! Show your mum your appreciation with a gift of colourful Saintpaulia ionantha, commonly known as the African Violet. Best grown indoors, the compact growth form and abundant blooms make African Violet ideal for small spaces or table top decoration. Flowers are available in various shades of blue, red, white or even green, and leaves are often covered with fine hairs which are soft to touch. It is an attractive houseplant which is easy to care for, and does best in well-drained soil, with moderate watering and occasional fertilising. Celebrate this special day with a pot of colourful African Violet which your mother will surely love! Click on the button below to learn more.
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Animal of the Month
Common Palm Civet
The Common Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus), also known as musang or toddy cat, is a nocturnal mammal found in both urban and forested areas of Singapore. This omnivore feeds on small prey and fruit and defecates viable seeds, making it a potential seed disperser. The excreted coffee beans occasionally ingested by this species of wild civet in parts of the Southeast Asian region are used to produce the world's most expensive coffee, kopi luwak. However, the reputation of this industry has been tainted by their reported cruel treatment of poaching and caging the palm civets. In Singapore, civets face the threat of being trapped or becoming roadkill due to the proximity of civet habitats to humans.
Interestingly, the secretions from its anal scent glands have been described as smelling like pandan, so if you ever smell pandan in an area without such plants, keep your eyes peeled for these shy creatures, recognisable by the presence of a black facial mask across their eyes. Find out more about this charismatic animal and celebrate its existence as Singapore’s last wild native urban carnivore!
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Fruit Bats
Fruit Bats feed mainly on fruits or nectar. They have large eyes and long, dog-like muzzles. They use their night vision to navigate in the dark and search for food. Due to their diet and mobility, they play an important role in seed dispersal and the pollination of many trees, including durian trees. The most common species is the Common Fruit Bat (Cynopterus brachyotis) frequently seen around fruiting or flowering trees and often roosts in buildings.
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Aquatic moss can help remove Arsenic
Arsenic contamination of groundwater and drinking water has long been an environmental and health issue in many countries. Arsenic poison symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, heart diseases and cancer. It is so exciting that scientists from Sweden discovered the aquatic moss (Warnstorfia fluitans) has the ability to remove As in water. They hope the aquatic moss could be used as phytofilter for As removing in the future. Click here for more information.
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