Eggfruit Tree

I was walking along Jalan Lekar yesterday morning (If you’ve ever been to the ACRES headquarters you’ll know where that is) and noticed that the road was lined with these trees that were filled with these gorgeous bright yellow fruits. So many in the trees, and also on the floor, yellow blobs of varying degrees of squashed-ness. They resembled mangos, slightly. I found it surprising that it’s such a conspicuous fruit but I had never come across it before and no idea what it was. Maybe I’m just ignorant, probably my mum will know it. She didn’t.

Some searching using NParks’ Flora&Fauna online data-base and I’m pretty sure I’ve found a match: Pouteria campechiana, also known as Eggfruit Tree, Canistel, Amarillo, Yellow Sapote, Sapote Borracho, Zapote. O_O That’s a lot of names.

One possible clue as to why neither my mum nor I know this plant: It’s probably not a fruit that people eat.The NPark’s data sheet says it’s edible (but usually not ‘raw’ apparently), but it can’t be very tasty since the trees were filled with ripe fruits untouched by birds. Even the semi-squashed ones on the floor were left alone, no ants.

That’s what the tree looks like. Not very distinctive, especially as a picture. But if you pay attention to the the bunches of leaves sticking out at the top and the sides, you might notice this:

The leaves comes in… um, elongated bunches at the tip of branches. There’s probably a proper term for this.
This one is not a Singapore native either. It’s native to Central America and Mexico.

Squashed fruit! The flesh is quite dense and dry. Resembling, says NParks, the yolk of an egg or pumpkin flesh.

Next plant will be a native, I promise!

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Desert Rose

I thought it would be nice to feature random plants you can find in Singapore. I’m under the impression that your average Singaporean under 50 wouldn’t even be able to identify 5 common plants that they see everyday, unless they have a specific interest in plants. (If my impression is wrong though, feel free to correct me! I’d be glad to be wrong. :D) I think that’s kinda sad, this stuff should be part of our general knowledge.

Not that I’m totally guiltless and an expert on plants. I probably couldn’t identify all the plants in my mum’s garden, so I guess that’s a good place as any to start. From my garden:


Adenium Obesum, common name desert rose or impala lily.

It’s native not to Singapore but Africa. The base of the stem tends to be quite thick (with stored water) and this is called the caudex. I remember a lecturer saying that the Chinese like this plant because of it’s fat stems, which symbolise prosperity, haha. The sap is milky and poisonous (to protect it’s water store!), so if you see white stuff, don’t touch!

Searching on google images shows desert rose plants with HUGEEEE caudex(es?). Pretty cool. I’ve never seen anything close to those in Singapore though, so it’s probably a different subspecies. Or maybe it’s simply because those in Singapore have no need to store so much water haha.

They don’t really look like roses, but have a really awesome vibrant pink colour. Pretty! x)

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