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Adenia macrophylla var. singaporeana (Blume) Koord., (Wall. ex G. Don) de Wilde
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Plant of the Month
A Plant that Hunts
The Albany Pitcher Plant (scientific name: Cephalotus follicularis) is popular among collectors for their petite pitchers and unique evolutionary history which is separate from other carnivorous plants. It is native only to Australia and found near beaches in well-drained, moist soil. The small pitchers have transparent patches of tissue which let in more light for photosynthesis. Nectar glands underneath the lid and on the pitcher surface help to attract insects. Once an insect drops in, a collar with downward-pointing hairs and fang-like ribs on the rim prevent escape. The exhausted insect eventually drowns and its body is digested by enzymes in the fluid. This species easily develops root rot, so use a well-drained potting media and keep it moist, but not wet. In Singapore, it is best grown in an air-conditioned environment under bright but indirect light.
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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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Mangrove Horseshoe Crab
Contrary to popular belief, their tail is not used for defence but to help with locomotion and to upright themselves if they have been turned upside down. Horseshoe crabs are mainly scavengers, feeding on worms, bivalves and animal matter. Two species have been recorded from Singapore, this photo shows the Mangrove Horseshoe Crab, and the other one is the Coastal Horseshoe Crab. Both species are listed in the Singapore Red Data book.
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Devil-head Orchid
A small population of rare orchid species was found growing in a forest near the border in southern Colombia. Apart from having the interesting devil-head look, these critically endangered orchids also have clawed petals. Click here to learn more.
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