|Kingdom Plantae | Division Spermatophyta|
Only a few species are able to survive along the shore,
where fresh water is difficult to obtain and keep.
This shrub has small but long white flowers which are typically split in the middle on one side, and are bee-pollinated. (Height 3-5m).
It has characteristic yellow flowers, often with a maroon- coloured centre, belonging to the same family as the garden hibiscus (Height 3-8m).
This species is one of the early colonisers of the supralittoral sandy shore. Its creeping stem spreads rapidly and forms a cover over the sand, the accumulating humus and roots helping to bind the sand grains to form a stable soil. It is related to the sweet potato, kang kong and morning glory. (Leaves 8-10cm diameter).
They are hollow-stemmed shrubs 1 to 2 metres in height. They have white flowers and prickly, serrated-margin, sharp-pointed leaves. These plants are able to secrete the excess salt absorbed from brackish muddy water through their leaves.
From A Guide to Seashore Life by Dr Leo W H Tan and Peter K L Ng
Published by the Singapore Science Centre and sponsored by BP
@Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and Singapore Science Centre