Learning Forest, Singapore Botanic Gardens
The Learning Forest is … designed to integrate with the existing 6-hectare Rain Forest to form an enlarged forest habitat … (it) features a network of boardwalks and elevated walkways that allow visitors to explore habitats ranging from a freshwater forest wetland to a lowland rainforest.National Parks Board
Corner’s theory was inspired by his discovery of never-before-seen fruit growing in the virgin forests of Singapore, one of which is our Singaporean durian (durio singaporensis). Modern gene sequencing techniques unfortunately do not support his theory; but the conversation & “debate around this theory was important in stimulating research on the evolution, pollination & dispersal of plants”, reads the plaque.
An interesting note: although the Singaporean durian (durio singaporensis) is related to the highly-prized durians others consume with gusto, it is not considered edible as it does not have fleshy seeds; of the 29 species of durian known, only a handful are considered good enough to eat. Durian, anyone?