10 December 2012


Commonly known as the Tempinis Tree (Family: Moraceae), this is the tree that gave the town Tampines its name.

When the leaves are plucked, the broken surface exudes a white sap, which is characteristic of plants from this family. The leaf is also interesting in that the veins are yellowish and the base is asymmetrical.

The inflorescence is a down-hanging catkin, made up of many small male flowers and a few female flowers. Upon pollination, the female flower develops into a round fruit that turns red when ripened and are eaten by birds, squirrels and so on.