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Plant of the Month
 
Pretty in Pink
Cratoxylum formosum, or also commonly known as the Pink Mempat Tree, is a native species with dainty pink blossoms that are mildly fragrant. The Pink Mempat often blooms profusely at the end of the dry season after shedding its leaves. As a result, the entire crown is covered in pink, garnering much popularity in recent years as the ‘Cherry blossoms of Singapore’. Singapore’s late former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew planted this tree more than 50 years ago at Holland Circus to mark the start of green movement island-wide. Click on the button for more information.
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Animal of the Month
Spider Conch
The Spider Conch, known scientifically as Lambis lambis has spikes on its shell and is seen near coral rubble areas at our Southern shores. It is listed as Vulnerable in the Singapore Red Data Book 2008. It was found in abundance in the 1960s but is now rare due to habitat degradation.
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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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