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Scurrula ferruginea

Scurrula ferruginea (Roxb. ex Jack) Danser

Recent Synonyms:

Status: Native; Critically endangered.

Growth Form or Habit: Hemi-parasitic epiphyte.

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Kent Ridge; 2011.

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East Cast Park; 2011.

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East Cast Park; 2011.

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Kent Ridge; 2011.

Other Information:

Common Name: Rusty-leaf Mistletoe.

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Taxillus chinensis

Taxillus chinensis (DC.) Danser

Recent Synonyms:

Status: Native; Critically endangered.

Growth Form or Habit: Hemi-parasitic epiphyte.

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East Cast Park; 2011.

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East Cast Park; 2011.

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East Cast Park; 2011.

Other Information:

Common Name: Mistletoe.

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Licania tomentosa

Licania tomentosa (Benth.) Fritsch

Recent Synonyms:

Status: Exotic; Cultivated only

Growth Form or Habit: Tree.

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Kallang; Cultivated; 2011.

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Kallang; Cultivated; 2011.

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Kallang; Cultivated; 2011.

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Aquilaria malaccensis

Aquilaria malaccensis Lamk.

Recent Synonyms:

Status: Native; Vulnerable; Cultivated

Growth Form or Habit: Tree.

Twigs

Central Catchment Nature Reserve, 2011.

Leaves

Central Catchment Nature Reserve, 2011.

Dried leaf

Central Catchment Nature Reserve, 2011.

Use: Aquilaria malaccensis is the major source of agarwood, a resinous heartwood, used for perfume and incense.

Common name: Eagle-wood

Reference:

Broad, S., 1995, Agarwood harvesting in Vietnam. TRAFFIC Bulletin. 15:96.

Keng, H. S. C. Chin & H. T. W. Tan, 1990. The Concise Flora of Singapore: Gymnosperms and Dicotyledons. Singapore University Press, Singapore. 222 pp.

LaFrankie, J. V. Jr., 2010. Trees of Tropical Asia: An Illustrated Guide to Diversity. Black Tree Publication, Phillipine. 748 pp.

Ng, L.T., Chang Y.S. and Kadir, A.A., 1997. A review on agar (gaharu) producing Aquilaria species. Journal of Tropical Forest Products. 2(2): 272-285.

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Ficus ruginervia

Ficus ruginervia Corner

Recent Synonyms: Ficus callicarpa Miq. var. crassinervia Corner

Status: Native; Presumed extinct.

Growth Form or Habit: Climber.

Habit

Central Catchment Nature Reserve, 2011.

Leaves: Distichous, asymmetric, coriaceous (leathery).

Leafy twigs

Central Catchment Nature Reserve, 2011.

Branch: Branchlets drying brown to blackish; Leafy twigs solid, brownish to whitish puberulous to subtomentose

Figs: Couliflorous on leafless branchlets; Orange to red to blackish at maturity.

Habitat: In the forest as a climber (or on rocks as a creeper); From sea level up to 1500m.

Occurrence: Central Catchment Nature Reserve.

Distribution: Sumatra, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo.

Similar species: Closely related to Ficus punctata; Ficus ruginerva differs mainly in the more thickly coriaceous lamina with the main veins more or less impressed above.

Reference:

Berg, C. C. & E. J. H. Corner, 2005. Moraceae. Flora Malesiana, Series I, 17(2): 730pp.

Keng, H. S. C. Chin & H. T. W. Tan, 1990. The Concise Flora of Singapore: Gymnosperms and Dicotyledons. Singapore University Press, Singapore. 222 pp.

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Hanguana malayana

Hanguana malayana (Jack) Merr.

Recent Synonyms:

Status: Native; Vulnerable; Cultivated.

Growth Form or Habit: Herb

Habit

Central Catchment Nature Reserve, 2011.

Habit (individual)

Central Catchment Nature Reserve, 2011.

Infructescence

Central Catchment Nature Reserve, 2011.

More pictures can be found at

(1) The Plant Observatory website

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Thalia geniculata

Thalia geniculata L.

Recent Synonyms:

Status: Exotic; Cultivated only.

Growth Form or Habit: Herb.

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My Waterway @ Punggol; Cultivated; 2011.

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My Waterway @ Punggol; Cultivated; 2011.

More pictures can be found at

(1) The Plant Observatory website

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