Where The Wild Things Are

Tanglin Halt, imbued with all the typical trappings of an old estate- altars, small grocery shops selling biscuits from traditional tins and jars, and a hawker centre of a most nostalgic sort- used to be home to a number of HDB blocks that have since been demolished, as well as a set of train tracks…

Seashore Ardisia (Ardisia elliptica)

The funny thing about landscaping is that plants often end up growing where they otherwise wouldn’t. Such as this seashore ardisia (Ardisia elliptica), which despite being a coastal plant by nature, certainly wasn’t remotely near any shoreline when I walked past it. But it looked to be growing fine, putting forth its clusters of pink…

Wild Cinnamon (Cinnamomum iners)

Raging plant hormones nudged the tree nearby into blooming profusely, so much so that it changed the colour palette of the entire tree. And try as I might, googling ‘small white flowers tree Singapore’ really wasn’t giving me any answers with regards to its elusive identity. Eventually, after giving up, I chanced upon a write-up…

Pea Eggplant (Solanum torvum)

Someone, in an attempt to keep the wilderness in check, has hacked off the vegetation closest to the path. In an impressively straight line, sure, but I’m nonetheless annoyed that that lopped off the stinking passion flower vine that was nicely blooming and fruiting. Also, I think this guy has suddenly discovered that his penthouse…

Stinking Passionflower (Passiflora foetida)

The path from the bus stop cuts through swaths of wild growth, and when I saw a lovely little flower blooming, I whipped out my phone, with its awful camera and hairline screen cracks (it didn’t appreciate being dropped face down last week). But of course it failed to do the flower justice, so it…