centerlogotitle
|
|
centerlogotitle
 
 
Keyword Search Tips |  Advanced Search
Display Options
Show
Results per Page
Sort By
round_tl round_tr
Plant & Animal Corner
round_bl round_br
Please Choose a Category:
Popular Keywords
bougainvilleamangroveixorapandanusPhilodendronheliconiasyzygiumSAMANEA SAMANlantana camarapalm

round_tl round_tr
frame Visitors Counter
frame 154296
round_bl round_br
 
Plant of the Month
 
Showers of Gold
Due to the recent dry spell, many of us may have come across trees with magnificent displays of yellow flowers dangling from long branches along roadsides in many parts of Singapore. Known as the Golden Shower Tree (Cassia fistula), it blooms so generously that it gives you the feeling of showers of gold, and hence the name. As part of the legume family, it produces stiff, rod-like pods up to 0.6 m long. This tree grows well in tropical areas and can be grown from seeds. It is the national tree of Thailand, where the yellow flowers symbolize royalty. It is also the state flower of Kerala in India, where it has ritual importance during religious festivals. Its fruit pulp is used to relieve constipation, while the timber is used for making furniture. Click on the green button below to learn more.
( 0) Comments
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.
( 0) Comments
Did You Know?
 
Flora and Fauna Tributes to Singapore
A total of 2053 vascular plant species have been recorded to be native to Singapore (source: Singapore Red Data Book, 2008). Of these at least 20 species have scientific names derived from "Singapore", their scientific names containing "singaporeana", "singaporeanum", "singaporensis", "singaporense", "singapurensis" and "singapureana". There are also others with common names that pay tribute to the country in which they are or were naturally found, such as the Singapore Rhododendron (Melastoma malabathricum. The animals are not to be missed either, with native fauna named after our island state, such as the Singapore Freshwater Crab (Johora singaporensis) and the Daisy Sponge (Coelocarteria singaporensis). As a novel way of celebrating National Day, read more about some of these Singaporean plants and animals on Flora&FaunaWeb by searching for their names.
( 0) Comments
What's Up?
Fauna News
Flora News
 
 
© 2013 National Parks Board, Singapore.