可惜，香港沒有銀杏夾道。我所知的銀杏樹都在公園內寂寞矗立 – 遮打公園有一棵、兵頭花園有兩棵。
i first knew about ginkgo when traveling with my family during summer holiday; still a school kid then. it was in china in some ancient chinese garden. the ginkgo trees there were magnificent in size, posture and history. the tour guide said they were in hundreds year old. there, my impression on ginkgo is gigantic, ancient and very chinese. i thought this tree type was only found in china. (in some sense it is true; the existing ginkgo plant is native to china).
as i thought that ginkgo only existed in china, i ran into this spiritual plant in the western world; i didn’t even know it was ginkgo then. it was the first time i made it to kew gardens in england, a place i wanted to pay homage for long and try being there everytime when visiting england. somewhere close to two exhibition halls, a medium bright yellow tree striked me. immediately i picked up a few pieces of the fallen leaves on the ground. they were of unique and most beautiful shape, resembling a piece of cloud on the head. i am still keeping them these days. and the next time when i visited england again, i made it to the gardens and look for the adorable tree again. silly me, i was expecting the same bright yellow, having no sense of trees live the seasons. it was a year or two after that finally it came to my sense that these fascinating leaves are from ginkgo. i was surprised knowing that ginkgo lives “abroad” and they can be of smaller sizes and much younger.
that’s my ginkgo story.
and now, everytime visiting the botanic garden or chater garden, I can’t not saying hello to the ginkgo there. ginkgo is deciduous. I worried so much about the ginkgo at botanic garden ever since spring came this year, because it looked quite deadly throughout early and mid spring. what a relief and lovely surprise last week seeing it springing life.
銀杏 ginkgo (ginkgo biloba) – 植物界 plantae kingdom | 銀杏門 ginkgophyta division | 銀杏綱 ginkgoopsida class | 銀杏目 ginkgoales order | 銀杏科 ginkgoaceae family | 銀杏屬 ginkgo genus | 銀杏 g. biloba species
- 《中國銀杏訊息網》據研究，銀杏類起源于石炭紀 (3.45億年)，銀杏目起源于二疊紀 (2.5億年)，以前，銀杏屬則起源于1.9億年前的侏羅紀早期。現存的銀杏其歷史可追溯到7000萬年以前的古新世 (第三紀早期)。到了白堊紀後期及新生代第三紀銀杏逐漸由盛變衰。第四紀冰川之後，在中歐及北美等地的銀杏全部滅絕，只在我國保存一種。銀杏的價值不僅在於它能跨越“有史時期”而生存下來，更重要的是它能在這漫長的“地質時期”保持該物種的遺傳穩定。
- 《維基百科》銀杏葉子在種子植物中很特別。銀杏樹為裸子植物中唯一的中型落葉闊葉喬木。葉子扇形，葉脈和葉子同形。葉子有的長在枝頭，左右兩邊零零散散一邊一片，有的長在一團，一個地方很多片。 銀杏為裸子植物，只有種子的構造，尚未演化出被子植物的果實。但銀杏種子的種皮發達，看起來與被子植物的果實沒有什麼不同。銀杏種子是1.5-2厘米，包在2-3厘米的棕黃色的種皮裡。 銀杏是雌雄異株，但有極少的銀杏是雌雄同株。繁殖方式有種子繁殖和扦插繁殖。
- from kew royal botanic gardens – ginkgo biloba (maidenhair tree) – this remarkable tree is known as a ‘living fossil’, as it is the sole survivor of an ancient group of trees that date back to beyond the time of the dinosaurs. ginkgo fossils are common in the rocks of the jurassic and cretaceous, but today the ginkgo tree is the only member of its genus, which is the only genus in its family, which is the only family in its order, which is the only order in its class. the maidenhair tree remains virtually unchanged today and represents the only living bridge between ‘higher’ and ‘lower’ plants (between ferns and conifers).