Mempat flowers: The changing seasons of Singapore
Have you ever wondered how to relate with our local-Singaporean culture? You may know much about our food and the language that we speak, but what about our natural environment?
Indigenous to Southeast Asia, the ‘Pink-Mempat Tree’ bears flowers with small pink petals and a yellow centre that resemble the blossoming of Cherry-blossoms or the Sakura flowers of Japan.
The Pink-Mempat Trees belongs to the ‘Hypericaceae’ family, and has a scientific name known as ‘Cratoxylum formosum’. As a seasonal plant that blooms during the months of February and August (hot/dry season), the Pink-Mempat Trees are also classified as endangered in Singapore.
These plants are unique to Southeast Asia, and because of our rapid development in our country, the plants are reduced dramatically due to the lack of land-space and the need to compete with tall growing trees for sunlight; the Mempat trees can grow up to 20m tall.
In local customs, the young leaves of the Mempat tree were consumed as food and it’s flowers were used as an indication for our local-fishermen to know when to to fish for “白肚鱼” in the month of February or the Chinese New Year.
Please do keep a lookout for them when them are in season and help spread the awareness of our beautiful flowers by liking and sharing your support for the Mempat Tree Awareness (Singapore).