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Plant of the Month
 
Climbing Garlic
The Garlic Vine got its name from distinct garlic smells produced when the leaves are crushed, although this woody climber is not related to the common edible garlic at all! Scientifically known as Mansoa hymenaea, it produces spectacular clusters of purplish, funnel-shaped blooms that emit garlic smell too. These flowers turn from dark lavender to light lavender and white as they mature. The plant is said to treat fevers, colds, throat and respiratory ailments. This flowering vine does well under full sun on rich, well-drained soil and can be grown in containers and trained for trellis. Click on the button below to learn more.
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Animal of the Month
Johora singaporensis
Johora singaporensis is a species of crab found only in Singapore and nowhere else in the world. This is only one of three crab species endemic to Singapore and seem to only survive in water that is not too acidic and on hill stream.
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Did You Know?
 
In a nutshell - Peanuts
When you snack on roasted peanuts or rich creamy peanut butter, have you ever wondered why the peanut grows underground even though its flowers bloom above ground? The peanut is a dehiscent legume (dry fruit) from the plant, Arachis hypogaea whose flowers and legumes initially form aboveground following pollination. As the fruit develops, the flower stalk elongates due to rapid proliferation of cells under the ovary and curves downward, forcing the young fruit into the ground. The peanut pod matures underground and typically contains two seeds. High in protein and other essential nutrients, the seed leaves (cotyledons) are regularly used in Asian cuisine such as gado-gado and peanut sauce for Satay! The peanut can also be used to make other useful products such as peanut soap and biodiesel fuel.
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Moss and the Atmosphere
When step into the forests, the first things you might notice are the giant trees, then the beautiful flowers, and the singing birds… It is so easy to ignore the humble moss lying in the shaded places. Did you know moss has contributed a lot of oxygen to the atmosphere millions years ago? It is believed that this oxygen-rich atmosphere allowed the evolution of intelligent creatures on this planet. Click on this link for more information.
 
 
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