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Plant of the Month
Rainbow Plants
There are 7 species of Rainbow Plants in the genus Byblis. They are called Rainbow Plants because the dew on their glandular hairs can refract light under bright sunshine. Although they evolved separately from the sundews, the 2 groups ended up using the same flypaper method to catch insect prey. Insects are caught on sticky, dewy hairs, while another set of stalkless glands make enzymes to digest the prey. Unlike the sundews, the dewy hairs and leaves do not move to help secure the prey. This species needs lots of sun and is best grown in a sunny spot outdoors. It is important to keep the media moist, but not wet. Only give mineral-free water, such as reverse osmosis-filtered water, distilled water or rainwater.
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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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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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The unexpected pollinator – Snails
Snails are often seen as pest as they reduce a beautiful garden into a wreck. But not all of them are our enemy! Alongside Asian Honey bees, Graceful Awlsnail (Lamellaxis gracile) is seen pollinating Evolvulus nummularius (Syn: Volvulopsis nummularium ), by smearing the pollens while sliding over flower clusters – a type of pollination known as malacophily. Dual pollination is a smart and effective way of pollination, especially when flowers are short-lived like Evolvulus nummularius. Snails, which have greater mobility during rainy days, complement bees, which have more mobility during sunny days. Find out more about the pollination mechanism here link!
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