Ulva sp.


English Name: Sea lettuce

Chinese Name: 

Family: Ulvaceae


Ulva comprimises a group of  group of edible green algae that is widely distributed along the coasts of the world’s oceans. Individual blades of Ulva can grow to be more than 400mm (16″) in size, but this only occurs when the plants are growing in sheltered areas.




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– Atlas of Common Harmful Freshwater Algae in Macau (2011), written by Qiu Yi Jian, Ung Wai Kin, and Kong Yi Jun, Editor-In-Chief: Fan Xiao Jun, Macau University of Science and Technology Publishing, ISBN: 978-99937-53-24-7

Michelia macclurei

Species: Michelia macclurei

English Name: McClure’s Michelia

Chinese Name: 醉香含笑丶火力楠

Family: Magnoliaceae


Trees, to 30 m tall, to 1 m d.b.h. Bark grayish white, smooth and not fissured. Young twigs, buds, petioles, stipules, and brachyblasts densely firmly and glossy reddish brown shortly tomentose to spreading villous. Petiole 1.5-4 cm, adaxially narrowly furrowed, without a stipular scar; leaf blade obovate, elliptic-obovate, rhomboid, or oblong-elliptic, 7-18 × 5-7 cm, leathery, abaxially with grayish trichomes mixed with brown appressed short tomentum, adaxially at first pubescent but later glabrescent, secondary veins 10-15 on each side of midvein, slender, and adaxially inconspicuous, reticulate veins slender, forming a honeycomb... Read more »

Plestiodon chinensis

Species: Plestiodon chinensis

English Name: Chinese Skink

Chinese Name: 石龙子

Family: Scincidae


Long Skink (up to 35 cm in total length) with a robust and large body. The dorsal side is green or olive, usually with orange spots on the flanks, and the ventral side is pale. The scales are smooth and glossy. It can be found in grass, shrubs, cultivated fields or on the edge of mangrove swamps.

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– Zhao, E., Leung, V., Leung, C. V. (1999). Notes on amphibians and reptiles of Macau. Sichuan Journal... Read more »