Archive for June, 2012

Mitrephora maingayi

Mitrephora maingayi Hook. f. & Thomson

Status: To be confirmed.

Growth Form: Tree.

2012-06-29 11.40.21
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Summit; 2012.

2012-06-29 11.42.01
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Summit; 2012.

2012-06-29 11.42.22
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Summit; 2012.

2012-06-29 11.42.33
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Summit; 2012.

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Cyrtosperma merkusii

Cyrtosperma merkusii (Hassk.) Schott

Recent Synonyms: Cyrtosperma ferox N.E. Br & Linden; Cyrtosperma lasioides Griff.

Status: Native; Vulnerable.

Growth Form or Habit: Herb.

Cyrtosperma merkusii 6319
CCNR; 2012.

Cyrtosperma merkusii 6316
Front view of flower; CCNR; 2012.

Cyrtosperma merkusii 6318
Rear view of flower; CCNR; 2012.

More pictures can be found at

(1) Urban Forest website

Reference:

Lok, A.F.S.L. and Tan, H.T.W. (2008) Status of Cyrtosperma merkusii (Hassk.) Schott (Araceae) in Singapore. Nature in Singapore, 1: 179-182. Available online: [PDF]

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Cnestis palala

Cnestis palala (Lour.) Merr.

Recent Synonyms: Cnestis ramiflora Griff.

Status: Native; Not listed in the Singapore Red Data Book (Davison et al., 2008), hence was automatically listed as common (i.e. not threatened) in Chong et al. (2009). However, this may be an error of omission in the RDB. Goh Wee Kee’s (1998) Honours Year thesis stated that this species was rare, with the only large climber spotted at Bukit Timah Reserve along the main road, and a few saplings along Mandai Lake Road and the nature trails of MacRitchie Reservoir. Hence the status will likely be revised in a future Red List.

Growth Form or Habit: Climber.

Cnestis palala 6293
CCNR near Sime Road, 2012.

Cnestis palala 6294
CCNR near Sime Road; 2012.

Cnestis palala 6295
CCNR near Sime Road; 2012.

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