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Plant of the Month
 
Extraordinary Staghorn Fern
Platycerium ridleyi, also known as Ridley’s Staghorn Fern, was named after the first director of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Sir Henry Nicholas Ridley, who made exceptional contributions to the region’s botany, natural history and economy in the 1880s. Unlike other Platycerium species, Ridley’s Staghorn Fern produces unique upright forked leaves, which resemble a deer’s antlers! Although it is presumably extinct in the wild, local horticulturists are actively growing the Ridley’s Staghorn Fern from horticultural origin as it is a beloved collector’s staghorn fern and for planting in local gardens and parks. Click here to read more!
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Animal of the Month
Green Crested Lizard
The striking Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella) is native to Singapore, and was a common sight in the past. However, its recent declines have been attributed to the introduction of the more aggressive Changeable Lizard (Calotes versicolor), which was first seen in Singapore in the 1980's. The Changeable Lizard is now abundant in managed parks and gardens, while the Green Crested Lizard is seen mostly in primary and secondary forests.
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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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