Sunday, March 29, 2009

Wildflowers in Semakau

What was once a dumping site at one of the cells of Semakau had now been colonised by a variety of shrubs and grasses. Just look at the variety of flowers that we saw last Sat when we were with some students doing a project inside there.

Bua Susu
This is the flower of Love-in-the-mist (Passiflora foetida).

Common Asystasia
The Common Asystasia (Asystasia gangetica) has a purple 'tongue' that acts like a landing pad, helping to guide insect pollinators to it.

Introduced from South America, the Touch-me-not plant (Mimosa pudica) has sensitive leaves that will close quickly when touched upon.

Mimosa bimucronata
My first time seeing this other species of mimosa which has white flowers (Mimosa bimucronata).

Mimosa (Neptunia sp.)
Here is another similar plant with sensitive leaves, Neptunia sp.

Common Snakeweed
The common snakeweed (Stachytarpheta indica) is so named due to the spikes which bear their purple inflorescence.

Here was a spider motionless on the swaying grass, perhaps waiting for a prey to ambush on.

Amata huebneri on Mile a minute
As I crossed by the Mile-a-minute (Mikania micranha) plant, there were lots of Amata huebneri moths sucking nectar from its inflorescence. Truely, this grassland is just full of beauty and life.
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