紅花荷 rhodoleia

農曆年前,紅花荷應節來了。很具過年色彩的喬木花朵,豔如桃李,花蕊如小公主纖長的眼睫毛。花序下垂,别名吊鐘王。原來此花種與香港甚有淵源,首次發現是在1849年在香港仔後山林。rhodoleia (rhodoleia championii) is such a chinese new year plant. its flowering season is around this period of time. She always dresses in purplish red and keeps her head down, as if she is shy to show her full beauty. Rhodoleia has a tight connection with Hong Kong, as it was first discovered here.

科family: 金縷梅科 hamamelidaceae

參考 reference:  <香港植物標本室 hong kong herbarium>

  • 中型常綠小喬木,花紅色至鐵鏽色,花期晚冬至早春。天然種群僅見於香港仔。
  • this species was first discovered in a woodland behind the little hong kong (now aberdeen) in 1948 in hong kong. the bell-like pseudanthial heads compose of red flowers make this species as a very attractive ornamental. all the localities of its occurrence are within country parks under protection. the species has also been listed as protected species under the forestry regulations (cap. 96 sub. leg.).

參考: 中國科學院

  • 2000年,紅花荷拿下了「新千年廣州市年花王」的名頭,從此一炮走紅,成為廣州年宵花市的熱門品種。紅花荷在香港已列為保護植物。
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