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Plant of the Month
 
Tree of the Sea
Mangrove Apple (Sonneratia alba) is one of the native pioneer species in the harsh saline condition of the mangrove habitat. A big tree that grows where the land ends and the sea starts; Mangrove Apple plays an important role in reducing wave action for other mangrove species to thrive. Unlike iconic mangrove trees like Rhizophora sp. which possess large propagules with small plantlet inside, Mangrove Apple has small floating seeds that germinate quickly. Resembling fireworks, the flower has pure white multi-stamens, which opens at night and are pollinated by bats. You can read more about it here.
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Animal of the Month
Hawksbill Turtle
Rare sightings of the Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) on East Coast Park are often met with awe and some disbelief. However, did you know that these turtles are relatively regular sightings around our Southern Islands? The islands provide nesting areas for these critically endangered reptiles. Unfortunately, globally, these majestic creatures are often poached for their beautiful shells, which are then made into "tortoiseshell" products such as jewellery and eyeglass frames, and their meat is eaten in some cultures. With fewer natural beaches, nesting sites close to human settlements are also in danger. Find out more about these turtles by clicking the button below.
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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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