Singapore Writers Festival: Walking with AR Wallace

September 26, 2012

Walking with AR Wallace

03 November 2012
1130am - 1230pm

Featuring: John van Wyhe, Paul Sochaczewski
Venue: Pavilion, Campus Green, Singapore Management University (Capacity: 120)
Moderator: Stephen McCarty

Often over-shadowed by Charles Darwin, Alfred Russel Wallace played a crucial part in the theory of evolution. Follow his adventures across Southeast Asia and Singapore with historian-scientist John van Wyhe and journalist-writer Paul Sochaczewski as they tell us more about the intrepid explorer and naturalist.

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.