樹頭菜開花了 spider trees’ flower season begins

比較喜歡她的英文名字- 蜘蛛樹,覺得貼切花開後伸長的紅色“蜘蛛腳”。喜歡這花淡素中顯活潑,花開時充滿爆炸力,滿樹冠有黃有白有紅。

這樹廣泛種植于市區和道旁,最壯觀的是太子道西長長一段,夾道的樹頭菜花開,適逢陽光日子,沿路走去,感覺是頭頂經歷一連串菊花煙花爆放的震撼,本來柔和的黃和白花色幾近耀眼。

對這樹另有情意結,是與專欄老前輩蔡瀾。蔡先生以旅遊、飲食、電影、日本通的見識最為人樂道,但我卻對他偶爾在專欄中提及喜愛的樹木印象非常深刻。記得他提及魚木不下數次。(也不能不提對他認真地遊戲人生拜服)。

spider trees are commonly planted in this city, as they have beautiful posture and flowers. there is limited information on the internet about the species. never mind. seeing and feeling is more important. hope the following little bites help you spotting them and make sure checking them out this season:

trifoliate. the flower petals appeared in white in the very beginning and then turn yellow. the filaments are long and red in colour, spreading out like spider legs, thus the common name. the blossoming is explosive, flowers are so crowded over the crowns of the trees. together with the tall and beautiful shape of the tree itself, no one can ignore the spectacle this time each year. one place to “worship” spider tree in hong kong is along the wide and busy prince edward road west nearby the mongkok mtr station.

樹頭菜 spider tree (crateva unilocularis) – 十字花目 brassicales order | 山柑科/白花菜科 capparaceae family | 魚木屬 crateva genus | 樹頭菜種c. unilocularis species

參考 reference:

  • 香港自然網》樹頭菜舊稱魚木,是由熱帶亞洲地區引進的落葉喬木,可高達15米。葉片為複葉,由三片橢圓形小葉組成,表面光亮。花蕾緊接新葉長出後綻放,花瓣呈白色,內有紅色花絲。花朵密度很高,盛放時形成一片白色花海。果實為黃綠色的球形漿果,並不常見。
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