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Plant of the Month
Frangipani Vine
The Frangipani Vine (Chonemorpha fragrans) is native to Singapore. It produces very fragrant, 5-petalled, creamy white flowers which resemble the flowers of the commonly recognised Frangipani (Plumeria spp.). The Frangipani Vine is a vigorous climber, making it an ideal screening plant if supported with sturdy structure. Grow it under full sun and you will be rewarded with a profusion of sweetly scented flowers. For more information on this species, click on the button below.
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Animal of the Month
Scaly Mammal
This unique mammal is highly threatened throughout most of its range, largely due to the illegal wildlife trade. Its skin, scales and meat prized for clothing, traditional medicine and food. Even its blood may be sold. Classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, it is protected to various degrees in all of the countries that it is found in. In Singpaore, the pangolin can be found in the Central Nature Reserves, Western Catchment Area, and forests of Bukit Batok, but occasionally do wander beyond the forests into built up areas.
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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.
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Interactions between Plants, Fungi and Bacteria for Polluted Soil
New study revealed that fast-growing trees help in soil phytoremediation with the help of ectomycorrhizal fungi and bacteria by degrading hydrocarbons in the ground. The trees may provide sugars to symbiotic fungi, while the fungi in turn provide nutrients to hydrocarbon-degrading bacteria. These mutual interactions help trees cope with environmental stress while rejuvenate soil contaminated with heavy metals at the same time. Click here to find out more.
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