鳳凰城 flaming city

@影樹花期 flame of forest blooms

不計洋紫荊(香港市花),影樹是我認得的第一個花樹種。愛她羽狀葉片的玲瓏,樹丫優雅地伸展,讓我感受樹影婆娑的曼美(是以愛影樹這名字比較多);一發不可收拾的怒紅花海,激動人心(她的英文名字 flame of forest如斯貼切)。

flame of forest is the first tree i knew after bauhinia (which is the city flower of hong kong). i was at primary school then. it was the leaves first impressed me. a full crown of feathery leaflet forms the most beautiful shade; looking up to them the pinnate leaves weave such an amazing green net against the sky. no soon after my heart was robbed by the blossoms when the flowering season hit and the forest was set on flame. in hong kong this spellbounding blaze come every may.

影樹/鳳凰木 flame of forest (delonix regia)  – 植物界 plantae kingdom | 被子植物門 magnoliophyta division| 雙子葉植物綱 magnoliopsida | 豆目 fabales order | 豆科 fabaceae family | 蘇木亞科 cæsalpinioideae subfamily | 雲實族 cæsalpinieae genus | 鳳凰木屬 delonix species

參考 reference:

  • 鳳凰木又名影樹、金鳳、火鳳凰、洋楹、紅花楹(廣州)火焰樹、森之炎等,為豆科鳳凰木屬的植物。原生非洲馬達加斯加,三、四個世紀前廣泛栽種于東南亞,但在野外屬瀕危物種。臺南市將其訂為市花,以與「凰鳳城」之別名相稱;同時是汕頭市的市花(當地稱金鳳花)。鳳凰木廈門的市樹。鳳凰木的豆莢在加勒比海地區被用作敲打樂器,稱為沙沙(shak-shak)或沙球。《維基百科
  • flame of the forest is a native of madagascar. it was discovered by botanist wenzel bojer in 1820 who then introduced it to mauritius. since then, the tree has been planted in most of africa and asia, including the southeast asian region. growing in warm humid areas from sea level up to 1000 m in altitude, it can also grow in areas where there is no frost, such as south florida and south california, the united states. (source: national library board singapore )
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