香港大會堂有一棵種植多年的吊瓜樹，每年花期，都忍不住探訪多次，為的是花果牽引懸念 –你遠遠看過去大樹，便會明白。sausage tree is native to africa, but there is an impressive representative in hong kong. one will never miss this “valuable tree” at the city hall memorial garden. according to the“register of old and valuable trees” it stands 14 meter high and the crown extends as much as 16 meter wide.
it is not yet the most beautiful time of the tree as flower buds only started emerging. but the spectacle of the chandeliers hangs on the tree is is extravagant enough. i will keep following the flowering and fruiting season of this wonderful tree. but for now let’s simply admire the architectural beauty this tree create.
吊瓜樹 sausage tree (kigelia pinnata) – 植物界 plantae kingdom | 被子植物門 magnoliophyta division | 雙子葉植物綱 magnoliopsida class |唇形目 lamiales order | 紫葳科 bignoniaceae family | 臘腸樹屬 kigelia genus | 種：臘腸樹 k. africana species
- kigelia is a genus of flowering plants in the family bignoniaceae. the genus comprises only one species, kigelia africana, which occurs throughout tropical africa from eritrea and chad south to northern south africa, and west to senegal and namibia.
- the tree is evergreen where rainfall occurs throughout the year, but deciduous where there is a long dry season. the leaves are opposite or in whorls of three, 30–50 cm long, pinnate, with six to ten oval leaflets up to 20 cm long and 6 cm broad; the terminal leaflet can be either present or absent. the flowers (and later the fruit) hang down from branches on long flexible stems (2-6 metres long). flowers are produced in panicles; they are bell-shaped (similar to those of the african tulip tree but darker and more waxy), orange to reddish or purplish green, and about 10 cm wide. individual flowers do not hang down but are oriented horizontally. some birds are attracted to these flowers and the strong stems of each flower make ideal footholds. their scent is most notable at night indicating their reliance on pollination by bats, which visit them for pollen and nectar. (source: wikipedia)