Somebody in this garden

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Who is the somebody?

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Oh! It is  the Madras Thorn ( Pithecellobium duice). A 26 meter tall man sitting in the garden of Armenian Church Of St. Gregory The Illuminator, Singapore.

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This unique National Heritage tree, girth 7.4m, crown is bushy and widely spread, dull green in color.

A native of tropical America, it was introduced to the region in the olden day by the Portugese and the Spanish.

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Leaves are very special with a pair of leaflet on both sides of the leaf stalk. That’s why a Chinese name “金龟子” was given, literally means a “flying Goliathus”.

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Pulp is edible, fruits are coiled pods which ripen a tinge of rose-red in color.

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Madras Thorn, was once a common trees planted along roadsides of Singapore. During the 70s, the species was attacked by caterpillars throughout the Singapore. Result in phased out from housing estate and roadsides subsequently.

Next time, if you happen to pass by Hill St, not to forget pay a visit to this lovely tree or even have a glimpse at the bus stop.

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4 thoughts on “Somebody in this garden

    ladysighs said:
    November 10, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    My husband will be happy to know St. Gregory The Illuminator made it all the way to Singapore. 🙂
    Nice to see/read your post again.

    Sydney Fong responded:
    November 10, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Thanks! This lovely church gives me a feel of tranquility. I am back! 🙂

    likeitiz said:
    November 19, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Would love to see this heritage tree up close!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 1, 2016 at 10:48 am

      Hey, sorry for the late reply! Sure!

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