Flora index
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guide to the mangroves of singapore
Flowering plants
Peter K L Ng and N Sivasothi (editors)
Acanthus volubilis
Family Acanthaceae

Southeast Asia and New Guinea. Locally, in various northern sites. Semi-erect to climbing herb with thin, wiry, spineless, dark-green stems; leaf blades with smooth margins or slightly lobed, mostly without spines; flowers in neatly organised spikes at branch tips; petals white, turning brown when older; fruits are very rare. Found in tidal mud among grasses.

From Malay folklore, powdered seeds are taken with water as a blood cleansing medicine and against ulcers. Vulnerable.
wide-shot of whole plant
Habit of A. volubilis
Unlike the other two Acanthus
species, this has a weak climbing
or trailing stem (vs. erect)

branch with inflorescence
Flowering branch of A. volubilis
See also
Jeruju hitam (Acanthus ebracteatus) and Jeruju putih (Acanthus ilicifolius)
Salt secretion as an adaptation to the mangroves.
What is mangrove?

The Ecosystem


Indirect uses
Potential uses

About Mangroves
in Singapore

Mangroves to visit
From "A Guide to Mangroves of Singapore", Peter K. L. Ng and N. Sivasothi (editors)
Volume 1: The Ecosystem and Plant Diversity and Volume 2: Animal Diversity
Authors: Kelvin K. P. Lim, Dennis H. Murphy, T. Morgany, N. Sivasothi, Peter K. L. Ng,
B. C. Soong, Hugh T. W. Tan, K. S. Tan & T. K. Tan
BP Guide to Nature Series published by the Singapore Science Centre, sponsored by British Petroleum
2001 Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, The National University of Singapore & The Singapore Science Centre