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Mon 02 Aug 2004

One of my favourite Sonneratia trees in Mandai mangroves

Category : mangroves

I have always had a great affection for Perepat trees Sonneratia alba) and you can see a picture of the one at Chek Jawa in an older entry about bats, durians and this tree.

I have come to know many individuals around the island, and nestled on an eroding bank in the coastal reaches of the Sungei Mandai are a couple of familiar friends. They have escaped the earlier reclamation (see the industrial buildings to the right of the photo), seen the kampungs disappear, avoided lightning strikes, resisted erosion (natural or otherwise) and have been free of whatever it is that has produced so many moribund trees in our mangroves.

I have come to know them well since I first walked the mangroves in 1987. For some 17 years they have kept me company as I walked through these forests with young students, adults, researchers and layman, fellow-Singaporeans and world travellers, too many to remember. But mostly alone, in day and night, low tide and high tide.

I hope I will not see Mandai mangroves too destroyed in my time.

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