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Sat 23 Aug 2003

The Kranji puzzle solved

Category : Singapore Naturalist

The famous botanist R E Holttum wrote that the fern Dipteris conjugata, "grows also on the sea cliffs at Labrador in Singapore Island (formerly also at Kranji)'" (c.1954).

Ferns of this sort prospered in ancient geological times, survived the extinction of the dinosaurs but are now quite rare in Singapore. Like other creatures from an ancient geological time, they are called 'living fossils'.

Joseph Lai, naturalist and conservationist at large, and a keen student of Holttum's work, puzzled over the mention of Kranji, which is very near his former workplace of the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.

Surprise, surprise! He and his colleagues chanced upon a colony on Pulau Sarimbun, Western Johor Straits while surveying for shorebirds on 4th March 2003 - "a day we shall never forget for the rest of our lives!" "They were draped everywhere like Mesozoic 'butterflies' flapping leafy 'wings' triumphantly in the wind".

What can I say, but "read all about it!"

I just updated the webpage with his latest revision. Find out about its links to Labrador and the lesson about Mandai mangroves

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