Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum


This website is created by the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (RMBR) at the National University of Singapore, to provide a searchable digital database of Singapore’s natural heritage, i.e., its flora, fauna and natural habitats. The initial funding for creating the digital nature archive (DNA) is sponsored by the Care-For-Nature Trust Fund of Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. RMBR maintains and update the database, with supports from the National Parks Board.

Our objectives:

  • To provide a free online searchable digital database on natural history, for use by students, educators, general public, conservationists and scientists
  • To sort, catalogue and systematically archive the vast treasury of wildlife images, nature places and people from Singapore through
    • slides and print images
    • digital images
    • historical photographs (e.g. from retired university professors, natural historians, experienced photographers, old local books, etc.)
    • video clips and sound clips
  • Provide information on species status, habitats and general biology
  • Permit student to student transfer of knowledge and information through their involvement in collecting more digital images, thereby ensuring the continued building of the database resource.
  • Make Singapore a centre for nature education using IT.


Featured Organism

Calophyllum ferrugineum

The species name refers to the rusty red hair that covers the apical buds, twigs and the base of inflorescence. The midrib of leaves are also sometimes rusty. This medium-sized tree has a straight bole that reaches to about 25 m. The bark is greyish  or yellow- to green- brown, at times with faint lenticellated fissures and with clear yellow sticky exudate. The leaf blades are elliptic-oblong with tips that are bluntly acute annd broadly wedge-shaped bases. The leaves are stiff-leathery. A distinctive characteristic is that the number of veins on the upper surface of leaves appear to be twice that of the lower surface. Flowers are slender-stalked and have sepals with hairy margins. No petals. The fruits are oval in shape, about 3 cm long. 



Browse complete information about organisms of various kingdoms, as well as people, places and activities.


Browse complete collection of media files contributed by dedicated researchers and naturalists.

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