|A natural forest full of textures and colours!|
The plant I came to see on Lazarus is the Critically Endangered Fagraea auriculata. Fortunately the awesome Total Vascular Flora of Singapore online by Teo Siyang and friends recently featured this plant. From this I learn that the rare tree is only found on Pulau Biola, Pulau Tekukor and Lazarus Island. So I've managed to see these plants on all three sites. Hurray!
|A small patch of the rare tree, clinging to a low natural cliff.|
Penaga laut (Calophyllum inophyllum) which seems to have multiple trunks. This tree is Critically Endangered.
my trip in Jun 2009.
Peria laut (Colubrina asiatica). Once again, I noticed lots of little flies on the plant. Pollinators?
Seashore pandan (Pandanus tectorius).
flora of Lazarus Island in Dec 06. Joe notes that "Lazarus has the rare distinction for being home to possibly the last surviving Sindora wallichii tree [of the Changi Tree fame] found in the Southern Islands of Singapore today."
Sadly, I noticed a lot of large trees had fallen over from the short natural cliffs and low shoreline.
Spoon seagrasses (Halophila ovalis) and skinny short Needle seagrass (Halodule sp.) . I saw only a small patch of very short Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides). I didn't have time to check out the Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii) that I saw on the rockier shore facing St. John's Island on my last trip in June 09.
full of corals and other marine life! I also had more surprises checking out man-made Seringat-Kias.