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Sun 02 Sep 2007

The Jelutong Bridge mangroves, Pulau Ubin

Category : marine

The Jelutong Bridge mangroves at Pulau Ubin, Singapore have always been a great place to introduce mangrove plant diversity; there are many mangrove plants which you can examine from dry ground while sipping on coconut juice! Former prawn pond owner Mrs Zhu's now has a drink and coconut juice stall next to the Sungei Jelutong Bridge along Jalan Endut Senin (see "A visit at the Coconut Stall," by November Tan. Pulau Ubin Stories, 11 Oc 2004).

Photo by Kenneth Pinto

It has long been a popular final rest point for Pedal Ubin guides, if they have explored the western part of Ubin. For it's usually reached close to midday by the time the sun is blazing away and after that its a short, fairly shady and smooth ride back to the village.

I was there with a group yesterday, as a guide for the Pedal Ubin Quarterly Ride. In the short time I chatted with Errol while waiting for my coconut drink to the right of Mrs Zhu's stall, we counted 13 species of mangrove plants within the vicinity! I got Kenneth Pinto to take a shot of the corner in question:

Within this view, at the right corner of the shop were (links from the Guide to the Mangroves of Singapore):

  • Avicennia alba [link],
  • Avicennia officinalis [link],
  • Acrostichum aureum [link],
  • Bruiguiera cylindrica [link],
  • Ceriops tagal [link],
  • Hibiscus tiliaceus [link],
  • Lumnitzera racemosa [link],
  • Rhizophora apiculata [link],
  • Rhizophora mucronata [link] and
  • Xylocarpus granatum [link].

There were three more plants beyond that corner:

  • Sonneratia alba (slightly further behind) [link],
  • Avicennia rumphiana (left corner) [link] and
  • Nypca fruticans(left corner) [link].

I grabbed some hasty closeups before we left - click to view - and you can add your own photos to flickr as well. Just remember to tag them with "jelutong bridge mangrove" and they will show up as well!

Mangrove plants are easy to identify, and the only one that night have been tricky was Lumnitzera racemosa. Happily this tree had its white flowers on display, o that made it simple! Once you have a grasp of mangrove species in Singapore, you will find familiar friends all over the region, as far north as Taiwan and Okinawa and as far south as New Zealand and across the oceans in tropical Africa and America. I have said hello to them in so many unusual places, isn't that nice?

Posted at 1:44AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email | Raffles Museum news