05 August 2010


Remember the Oncoba spinosa I posted earlier?

The new leaf flushes are reddish-orange and were fast developing on this plant at the Pasir Panjang Road entrance. But what I wanted to highlight is not merely the lovely coloured leaves.

Anyone who has handled this plant before would likely get a rude shock if they do not know about this plant. Unless they are very observant, the unwary person would never expect to grab onto the nasty looking spines along the branches and get pricked by them. That is where the specific epithet derives its name from.

So this plant with beautiful flowers really knows how to protect itself.