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World of Plants - Understorey

  • Understorey at World of Plants


    Beneath the dense canopy of larger trees, the understorey in a tropical rainforest is where light is dim and the shallow soil experiences rapid nutrient cycles. Here, plants and animals interact in a quiet battle for survival. At the Understorey at the Gardens, you’ll find these rather unique plants, so be sure to check them out!

  • Peacock Spikemoss

    Leaves of peacock spikemoss with blue-green iridescence

    The peacock spikemoss prefers shady, moist conditions and can quickly spread to create beautiful ground cover. So-named for its attractive, feathery leaves which are an iridescent bluish-green in summer and shades of red in autumn, this unusual shimmer is a possible adaptation to protect it from sudden exposure to strong light or herbivores that may consume it!

  • Peacock Plant

    Leaves of the peacock plant

    Unlike most green plants, the peacock plant is unique for its papery thin leaves patterned in shades of green, white and yellow, with a reddish-purple underside. Like most members of the prayer plant family, its leaves lower during the day to catch the sun and rise at night, resembling hands clasped in prayer.

  • White Batflower

    White batflower in full bloom (left) & its wide, luxurious leaves (right)

    The white batflower might look like any other plant when not in bloom. Its large broad leaves are a natural adaptation to capture as much sunlight as possible in the dark understorey. When mature, its intricate and exquisite inflorescence resembles a bat in flight. It has been said that its flower, by looking and smelling like decaying organic matter, helps to attract flies to pollinate!

  • This article is part of our Guide to the Gardens - World of Plants series

Written by: Guan Zhifang, Assistant Manager, (Festivals & Events, Programming)
Zhifang is an events planner by day. She believes that slowing down in this fast-paced world is anything but lazy, so let’s breathe and take the time to stop and smell the roses!

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