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A Plant that Hunts
The Albany Pitcher Plant (scientific name: Cephalotus follicularis) is popular among collectors for their petite pitchers and unique evolutionary history which is separate from other carnivorous plants. It is native only to Australia and found near beaches in well-drained, moist soil. The small pitchers have transparent patches of tissue which let in more light for photosynthesis. Nectar glands underneath the lid and on the pitcher surface help to attract insects. Once an insect drops in, a collar with downward-pointing hairs and fang-like ribs on the rim prevent escape. The exhausted insect eventually drowns and its body is digested by enzymes in the fluid. This species easily develops root rot, so use a well-drained potting media and keep it moist, but not wet. In Singapore, it is best grown in an air-conditioned environment under bright but indirect light.
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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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Fruit Bats
Fruit Bats feed mainly on fruits or nectar. They have large eyes and long, dog-like muzzles. They use their night vision to navigate in the dark and search for food. Due to their diet and mobility, they play an important role in seed dispersal and the pollination of many trees, including durian trees. The most common species is the Common Fruit Bat (Cynopterus brachyotis) frequently seen around fruiting or flowering trees and often roosts in buildings.
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Green is Good for the Health!
Researchers studied over 100,000 women in the USA and found that women who live near higher levels of vegetation have lower rates of mortality and disease. This link may be related to the opportunities for socialization within green areas and the stress-relieving effects of being in nature. Click on this link for more information.
Devil-head Orchid
A small population of rare orchid species was found growing in a forest near the border in southern Colombia. Apart from having the interesting devil-head look, these critically endangered orchids also have clawed petals. Click here to learn more.
 
 
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