Plants in Tropical Cities

Edition: First, Publisher: Uvaria Tides, ISBN: 9789810880712


The Definitive Guide for Plants in Singapore and the neighbouring countries.
With close to 2800 plants featured, we hope that this book will help everyone to appreciate all the plants around us in our daily lives. Nineteenth palettes or likely scenarios/situations (e.g. roadside plants, green roofs, green walls, epiphytic plants, aquatic plants, seashore planting, school gardens, mangroves, plants to attract butterflies, fragrant plants) were prepared that will be helpful for anyone embarking on any plant-related development projects or simply as a hobby. Not forgetting the scientific researchers and the graduate students for their plant identification needs, we put in as many botanical details as possible for each species, within the 1000 page limit! Additionally, an Index of Genus names for quick reference was also included at the back of the book.
The "A to Z" listing of plants gave us a chance to feature 26 photos, each of which is the representative" for each alphabet (based on the scientific name). Whenever possible, native species (to our Malesian region) and various plant functional groups (e.g. aquatic plants, epiphytes, mangroves, climbers) were featured throughout the book in our bid to promote better understanding of plant adaptations and also to protect our unique regional plant biodiversity. Plants in Tropical Cities managed to feature two-thirds of Singapore’s flora (ca 2800, including 650 native species; Singapore has ca 4100, with 2100 natives; exotics are ever increasing with new plant imports).

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  • Jean W H Yong added an answer in Phytoremediation:
    Is there any promising candidate aquatic plants to survive typhoon that is also suitable for algae control in shallow freshwater lakes?

    Our group was confronted with tough challenges last year to maintain the constructed floating plant communities for nutrients removal during typhoon season. In fact it was in Taihu Lake, and typhoons in last July and Aug completely destroyed the community of Ipomoea aquatica and water chestnut in the experimental ponds.

    Jean W H Yong

    For your works at Taihu involving Ipomoea aquatica and water chestnut, you may wish to consider a wider selection of plants?

    We have published two books that have useful listing of suitable plants for phytoremediation or water-cleansing purposes. Please select that plants that can tolerate the colder Chinese weather and you will be fine. Good luck!

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  • Jean W H Yong added an answer in Aquatic Plant:
    What are the best aquatic plants/wild plants that we can used to treat industrial wastewater?

    In Qatar We have huge amounts of water from the natural gas companies and oil . What are the best plants that can be used in water treatment?

    Jean W H Yong

    Hi Elazazi,

    We had good experiences working on such similar issues. Do refer to these further references, In particular, we had also published a nice plant list for pollution control in our two recent books (attached). Do revert if you need more information.

    Good Luck!

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  • Jean W H Yong added an answer in Medical Botany:
    Can you help me identify this creeping plant?

    Very small leaves over creeping main branch. No adequate water supply required (mostly I observed this plant growing in soil deposits between the small cuts and grooves of a rock or stone). Upon cut of brownish stem a white latex like liquid oozes out. Leaves are not thick and stem has a little stretching capability not like rubber.  

    Jean W H Yong

    Looks to me like Euphorbia thymifolia?

    We have recently published an "A to Z" photographic guide - page is attached for your information.

    Good luck - best, John

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  • Jean W H Yong added an answer in Plants:
    Does anyone know this plant?

    What is its scientific name?

    Jean W H Yong

    Yes, certainly a Physalis for sure and likely Physalis angulata. More details in this book. Good luck!

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