A Guide to the Common Epiphytes and Mistletoes of Singapore,
1st Edition

Jean W. H. Yong, James Wang Wei, Joanne Y. T. Khew, Sheue Chiou Rong, Wong Wei San

ISBN-13: 9789814609777 | ISBN-10: 9814609773

Copyright 2015

| Published 2014

List Price USD $31.90


This book is the first to profile the unique epiphytic plant communities found in Singapore. The canopies of tropical trees are often festooned with luxuriant masses of delicate ferns, orchids and mistletoes; these veritable aerial gardens are one of the most biodiverse habitats on the planet. Yet, despite their prevalence in tropical urban landscapes, many of these fascinating aerial plants remain unappreciated and misunderstood. The first section of this book provides a concise scientific introduction to the biology of epiphytes and mistletoes, including their taxonomy, life-cycles, adaptive strategies and interactions with their hosts and arboreal fauna. Biology students will appreciate the clear and systematic treatise of the natural history of these two groups of aerial plants, while horticulturalists will benefit from the balanced discussion on suitable management approaches for these plants. The second section serves as a field guide for identifying all of the common epiphytes and mistletoes found in Singapore. Copious illustrations of both vegetative and fertile characters are provided to enable nature lovers and plant hobbyists to confidently identify all the common species, including epiphytic ferns, orchids, hoyas, dischidias, rubiaceous ant-plants and mistletoes. We hope that landscape architects and private gardeners will also find in this section plant selection ideas for more sustainable greening initiatives, and be inspired to further explore the substantial aesthetic and conservation values of these charming plants.

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Meet the Authors

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Jean W. H. Yong (‘John’) finds bio-inspiration in plant diversity and adaptations! He is an Associate Professor at the SUTD and runs the Green Solutions Laboratory. John studied botany at the National University of Singapore and later, biochemistry and physiology at the Australian National University.

James Wang Wei studied botany and ecology at the University of Otago. He is currently a researcher at the Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology, National Parks Board, where he manages research in the fields of water-sensitive urban design, enhancing urban biodiversity, and remote sensing of vegetation.

Joanne Y. T. Khew studied biology at the National University of Singapore and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at The University of Tokyo (Graduate Program in Sustainability Science). She is keen about researching methods in promoting urban biodiversity conservation through sustainable landscape planning in highly populated urban centres, including Singapore.

Sheue Chiou Rong works on plant morphology and taxonomy. She is an Associate Professor at the National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan and runs the Laboratory of Plant Taxonomy and Structure. She studied botany at the National Taiwan University and later, plant taxonomy at the National Sun Yat-Sen University.

Wong Wei San studied life sciences at the National University of Singapore with particular interest in microbiology. She has keen interest in environmental science research and nature. At the Singapore University of Technology and Design, Wei San manages several scientific research projects such as the cleansing of canal waters using a selection of aquatic plants.

  • Serves as an accessible and informative field reference guide for horticultural professionals, as well as the general public.
  • Provides basic information on the biology of these plants, with a focus on colour photo profiles of all common species.
  • Provides a comprehensive reference for the identification and management of epiphytes and mistletoes in Singapore.
  • Beautifully illustrated with large format colour photographs, rendering the overall impression less text-heavy and more readable.

Table of Contents

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Contributing Parties
About the Authors

1. Introduction.
2. Reproductive biology.
3. Eco-physiology.
4. Community ecology.
5. Epiphytes, mistletoes and people.
6. A selection of epiphytes found in Singapore.
7. A selection of mistletoes found in Singapore.


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A Guide to the Common Epiphytes and Mistletoes of Singapore

  • ISBN-10: 9814609773
  • ISBN-13: 9789814609777

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