ReTRIeVIA

:: trivia retrieved ::

Archive for June 2009

Page 7

page_07

The unusual characteristics of the Raffles Pitcher Plant have fascinated scientists and laymen. The plant has been featured on two stamps and a currency note.

The scientific name of the Raffles Pitcher Plant is Nepenthes rafflesiana.

Advertisements

Written by victorkoo

29 June, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Page 6

page_06

Another special characteristic of the Raffles Pitcher Plant is that the pitchers can have different shapes!

Leaves near the base of the plant produce fat U-shaped pitchers. The upper leaves produce slim V-shaped pitchers.

(Lower pitchers attract crawling insects; upper pitchers attract both crawling and flying insects.)

Written by victorkoo

25 June, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Page 5

page_05

Also named in his honour is a very unusual plant known as the Raffles Pitcher Plant. This plant is unusual because it is carnivorous!

The leaf-tip extends to form a pitcher which is able to trap, drown and digest small animals such as insects and snails.

(The above illustration is a painting by artist Amy Sobrielo.)

(There is another unusual plant named after Raffles mentioned in page 10.)

Written by victorkoo

22 June, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Page 4

page_04

Today, the trading station is an international business centre for many big shipping companies and banks.

In honour of Raffles and his foresight, many places have been named after him. Four of these places are featured on Singapore stamps.

Written by victorkoo

15 June, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Page 3

page_03

The story of modern Singapore begins with its founding by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819.

On 6 February 1819, Raffles signed an agreement with the local chief to set up a trading station. At that time, Singapore was a simple coastal village.

Written by victorkoo

13 June, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Page 2

page_02

Written by victorkoo

11 June, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Page 1

page_01

Written by victorkoo

8 June, 2009 at 1:00 pm