Archive for August, 2011

Rondeletia leucophylla

Rondeletia leucophylla Kunth

Recent Synonyms: None relevant

Status: Exotic; Cultivated only.

Growth Form or Habit: Shrub.

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Garden at Dhoby Ghuat MRT; Cultivated; 2011.

Other Information:

Common Names: Panama Rose.

More pictures can be found at

(1) The Plant Observatory website

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Smythea lanceata

Smythea lanceata Summerh.

Recent Synonyms: None relevant

Status: Native; Critically endangered

Growth Form or Habit: Climber.

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Pulau Semakau; 2011.

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Micrechites serpyllifolius

Micrechites serpyllifolius (Blume) P.I. Forster

Recent Synonyms: Ichnocarpus serpyllifolius (Blume) P.I. Forst.

Status: Native; Critically endangered

Growth Form or Habit: Climber.

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Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, 2011.

Leaves: Simple; Opposite; Coriaceous, rarely subcoriaceous. Petiole hairless or minutely pubescent.

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Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, 2011.

Branch: Sparsely villous, minutely pubescent or hairless; becoming hairless with age; pores for gaseous exchange.

Flower: Cream colour; Inflorescence axillary and terminal.

Fruit: Hairless.

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Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, 2011.

Habitat: Forest from sea level up to 1300m.

Occurrence: Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

Distribution: Thailand, Sumatra, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo, Java, Philippines, Sulawesi.

Use: Harvest for non-commercial rubber before widespread of Hevea brasiliensis.

Reference:

Ridley, H. N. (1967) The Flora of Malay Peninsula. A. Asher & Co. Amsterdam. 672 pp.

Middleton D. J. (2009) An update on the Apocynaceae in Thailand. Thai Forest Bulletin (Botany), Special Issue: 143-155. Available online [PDF]

Middleton D.J. (2007). Apocynaceae (subfamilies Rauvolfioideae and Apocynoideae). Flora Malesiana, Series I, 18: 1-474pp. Available online [htm]

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Friesodielsia latifolia

Friesodielsia latifolia (Hook. f. & Thoms.) Steenis

Recent Synonyms: Oxymitra latifolia Hook.f. & Thomson

Status: Native; Common.

Growth Form or Habit: Climber.

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Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, 2011.

Leaves: Simple; Usually large; Thickly membranous. Midrib is rusty-pubescent.

Stem: Rusty-tomentose when young; Later glabrous and dark-colour with grooves.

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Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, 2011.

Habitat: Borders of Forest.

Occurrence: Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, MacRitchie Reservoir forest and Botanic Gardens’ jungle.

Reference:

Sinclair, J. (1955) A Revision of the Malayan Annonaceae. The Gardens Bulletin Singapore, 14: 149-516.

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Palaquium gutta

Palaquium gutta (Hook.) Baill.

Recent Synonyms: None relevant.

Status: Native; Critically endangered.

Growth Form or Habit: Tree.

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Bukit Timah Nature Reserve; 2011.

More pictures can be found at

(1) The Plant Observatory website

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Caesalpinia sumatrana

Caesalpinia sumatrana Roxb.

Recent Synonyms: None relevant.

Status: Native; Critically endangered.

Growth Form or Habit: Liana.

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Bukit Timah Nature Reserve; 2011.

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Bukit Timah Nature Reserve; 2011.

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Bukit Timah Nature Reserve; 2011.

More pictures can be found at

(1) The Plant Observatory website

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