Mile-a-minute Vine (Ipomoea cairica)

The gaudy plastic barriers demarcating the work site are quite the awful backdrop, but to their credit have helped to support a healthy population of the mile-a-minute vine (Ipomoea cairica). The large, pale purple flowers are delicate and showy, whilst the leaves are prettily shaped, with five lance-shaped segments. A type of morning glory, it…

Malabar Tamarind (Garcinia gummi-gutta)

All my life, I’ve seen a number of unusual flowers and fruit, but growing up in Singapore, you kind of get used to the general type of strange the island nurtures. This time though, the bright orange, pumpkin-like fruits peppering this tree’s branches intrigued me. Obviously I wasn’t tall enough to get close (not that…

Hong Kong Orchid Tree (Bauhinia × blakeana)

Admittedly this isn’t the most handsome specimen, but at least I managed to catch one of these Hong Kong orchid trees (Bauhinia × blakeana) in full bloom. I’ve been seeing this around since I was young, and have always remembered it as the one with leaves shaped just like how a child would draw an…

Oaks (Quercus sp.)

The continuum of time numbs our senses, one season flowing into the next. It would happen on occasion that I’d suddenly look down one day to find the first buds bursting forth from bare branches, just freshly thawed after the season’s snows, or glanced up to find that the trees were looking a lot more…

Mimosa pudica

We loved finding this plant by the roadside when we were kids, because despite it being called ‘touch-me-not’, I assure you we did precisely the opposite. Of course we all know that flowers bloom and fruits grow and such, but to see a plant actually close its leaves in front of your eyes in a…

Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella)

Fella here was simply, innocently, sitting there in the sun, and though this was at an aviary, waiting for a bird show to start, I think it was enjoying the attention too. It’s a pretty little thing, this one, a lovely shade of green with a ringed tail and the cutest gait ever (yeah it…