Urban Forest is a non-profit website founded in 2012. The aim is to create an online platform where people in Singapore and the region can have an accessible guide that is fast and simple to navigate, with clear, interesting, and concise content so that learning about plant identification will be a breeze.

All the species featured here can be found in Singapore, whether they are cultivated, native, or weedy ones. Many of the species here can be found in Southeast Asia, and some even throughout the tropics. Hope everyone will enjoy this website as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Founder, Web Developer

Jake was a biology graduate dabbling in marine biology, before discovering the green side of things and became a true convert. He is now a part-time botanist and full-time data analyst, hoping to use the acquired knowledge to contribute back to his roots. He believes that the first step to conservation is to enable people to identify the nature around them in order to build a connection.


Louise is currently pursuing a PhD in Botany at a University in the west of Singapore. Prior to going back to school, she had built up her knowledge of the local flora through hours spent in the forests and scrublands of Singapore, and also while looking for weeds and wildflowers. She believes that websites such as Urban Forest are a great help in creating more awareness about the rich flora diversity of the tropics, even in urban environments.

You may email us from this address, sgplantid@gmail.com. Please state the purpose in the title so that we can prioritise your request.


All information, including photographs and content provided in this website are under the copyright of the team managing uforest.org unless otherwise stated. Any use of photographs are prohibited without prior permission from us. Also, you will need to provide a hyperlink to or cite this website for use in any reports, presentations, or publications. You may follow the guide below and change it based on your citation format.

To cite the entire website:

Urban Forest. (2017) Urban Forest: An Identification Guide to the Flora of Singapore and Southeast Asia. http://uforest.org. Accessed 11 Sep 2012.

To cite a page in the website:

Urban Forest. (2017) Albizia saman (Jacq.) Merr. Urban Forest: An Identification Guide to the Flora of Singapore and Southeast Asia. Last updated 6 Nov 2012. http://uforest.org/Species/A/Albizia_saman.php Accessed 6 Nov 2012.


A lot of the species descriptions consist of purported medicinal properties. Please note these are directly obtained from the references listed. This means that they are just for your information, and definitely not a recommendation for your aliments. Please seek proper medical advice before you attempt using any plant parts for such purpose.

Considerable time and money was spent building Urban Forest. Do consider giving a small donation if you feel like you have benefited from it. All proceeds will be used for site maintanence, research and field-trips to add to the quality of the website.


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