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Plant of the Month
Fragrant Bread Flower
The Bread Flower is a free-flowering woody climber with large, white cup-shaped flowers. The perfume of the flowers is said to be similar to that of pandan leaves, and intensifies in the evening. The flowers are an essential ingredient of potpourri used in Malay wedding called ‘Bunga Rampai’, it is also worn on ladies’ hairbun. Known scientifically as Vallaris glabra, this flowering climber is easy to grow and blooms best under full sun on fertile, well-drained soil. The Bread Flower grows well as a bush or trained for trellises and pergolas. Its butterfly-attracting qualities make it great for bringing biodiversity to parks and gardens! Click on the button below to learn more.
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Animal of the Month
Telephone Sylvan
Singapore is home to more than 120 species of dragonflies and damselflies. Both nymph and adult individuals are fierce hunters, feeding mainly on other insects. The species seen here is the Telephone Sylvan (Copera octogesima), which got its name from the two distinct blue markings on its thorax which resemble telephone headsets. The Telephone Sylvan is relatively common in our Central Catchment Nature Reserve.
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Did You Know?
The Desert Rose
Did you know that Desert Rose (botanical name: Adenium obesum) is not actually a rose? The plant belongs to the Periwinkle family and is related to plants such as Water Jasmine and Frangipani, as well as our Singapore Kopsia! It is popular among enthusiasts and grown as a bonsai for its unique swollen stem base (caudex) and bright flowers that come in shades of white, pink and red. It grows best outdoors in a well-drained container and requires minimal maintenance. You can encourage multi-branching by removing the smallest two leaves at the shoot tip. To learn more about this interesting plant, click on the button below.
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Fauna News
Flora News
Fairy Lanterns Reappeared!
Thismia neptunis was last documented in 1866 by Italian botanist, Odoardo Beccari. Found in the wet dirt along a river in the Borneo rainforest, it has a small flower with red, hairy appendages growing straight up like antennae. Belonging to a group of plant called mycoheterotroph, this unusual plant lives as parasite by feeding on underground fungi for nutrients. Researchers believed that this plant may be pollinated by flies, which were found inside the flower. Click here to find out more.
Tree rings reveal environmental changes
Scientists around the world put a lot of effort to conserve big, old trees. Because of their essential roles in our ecosystem and impact on wildlife. Now, it seems like we have one more reason to save these old giants. Recently, researchers in Europe found out that by analyzing chemical composites in tree growth rings, it was possible to reconstruct environmental changes in past few centuries. Click here for more information.
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