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Wild Shores of Singapore: Finlaysonia fun at Mandai by @wildsingapore

Wild Shores of Singapore: Finlaysonia fun at Mandai by @wildsingapore

Funny furry Finalysonia blossoms! With strange curly things in the middle. I saw several of these on the Critically Endangered climbing Kalak kambing (Finlaysonia obovata ) climbers at Mandai mangroves this evening. A quick mizzly trip (miserable drizzle) and yet we saw interesting stuff in this special mangrove. Here's what it looks like from another angle. To me, it looks like a cookie with icing on it, or perhaps I'm just hungry. Some say the flowers have a noxious smell and are believed to be pollinated by flies and beetles that are attracted to rotting carcasses. But I didn't smell anything. How cute to see the beginnings of the fruit! Eventually, it will become a large ridged fruit that looks like two horns of a buffalo. Or as Jose says, like a fat moustache. I took the time to look more carefully at the animals in the mangroves today. Among the leaves there were lot...

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