Flora index
Fauna index
guide to the mangroves of singapore
Flowering plants
Peter K L Ng and N Sivasothi (editors)
Kalak kambing
Finlaysonia obovata
Family Asclepiadaceae

Bay of Bengal to Moluccas. Locally at several northern sites.

Slender, woody climber, exuding white latex from broken surfaces; bark pale and papery; leaves opposite, blades shiny bright green, upside down egg-shaped, fleshy. Flowers in branched inflorescences at the leaf angles; petals yellow with purplish insides.
wide shot of climbers growing on a palm
Habitat of
Finlaysonia obovata

close-up of flowers
close-up of fruits
Fruit and dripping latex
Fruits green and fleshy, like two fleshy horns of a buffalo. Grows along tidal rivers. Leaves reportedly eaten as salads in the Moluccas. Vulnerable.
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