||Of the wind, referring to the wind dispersal of the fruits
|| from Malacca, Malaysia
||Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore (presence in these two countries but possibly covering wider than this)
Ventilago malaccensis is a scrambling woody vine found in our forests. The leaves are alternately arranged and serrated at the margins. The single winged fruit is diagnostic.
A close relative, Ventilago maingayi is also found in Singapore. The leaves however, are non-serrated. The fruits are similarly winged, but has a tapered end instead. The seed (rounded end) is much fatter too.
While hard to spot because they are usually high up the tree canopies, the Malacca Ventilago appears to be widely distributed around Bukit Timah and Central Catchment Nature Reserves. This was evident from the recent fruiting which scattered the winged fruits around many forest trails.
A scrambling vine of Malacca Ventilago in Central Catchment Nature Reserve.
Note the serrated margins and venation.
Posted Date: 2014-08-26 / Modified Date: 2014-08-27