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Plant of the Month
River Tarenna
Singapore is home to more than 2,000 native plant species, many of which are valued for their conservation and ornamental characteristics. The River Tarenna, Tarenna fragrans, is one of the native plants that is widely cultivated for their spectacular yellow, fragrant blooms. It can grow to be a big shrub or a small tree reaching 2.5 m in height. Under favorable conditions, the River Tarenna will bloom several times a year. Its flowers are attractive to butterflies and its seeds are dispersed by birds. Click on the button below for more information on this species.
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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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Blushing Bride!
The Blushing Bride Airplant (scientific name: Tillandsia ionantha) is a cousin to the more famous and edible Pineapple. Growing up to 10cm tall, this epiphyte has silver-green leaves arranged in a rosette. When the plant flowers, the topmost leaves turn bright red before purple tubular flowers are produced. As its common name suggests, this low-maintenance plant does not need any growing medium but can be grown in various ways, such as being suspended in air or being mounted on driftwood or rocks. It is best grown under bright (not direct) light with regular misting and is commonly used in terrariums. The plant often forms clumps and can be propagated via division. To know more about this plant, do click the button.
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New records and rediscoveries of plants in Singapore!
In the land scarce city-state Singapore, researchers rejoiced as they found many new records and rediscoveries of plant species in its nature reserves, offshore islands and secondary forests. Over five years of hard work, a total of eleven new plant records and eight rediscoveries of species previously presumed nationally extinct were documented. These include new records such as Arcangelisia flava, Albertisia crassa and rediscoveries such as Cocculus orbiculatus, Loeseneriella macrantha, Scolopia macrophylla. Click here to find out more about their exciting findings in the latest edition of Gardens' Bulletin Singapore!
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