沿階草 dwarf lilyturf

這個星期,走到有花草得地方,無論是山邊或公園,都留意到腳旁草叢中,一串串小銀鈴拔地搖曳,亮白中隱透淡紫。這多年生常綠草花,名字恰如其份,叫沿階草。

沿階草,葉纖細有書香之氣質,所以别名書帶草。其花白或淡紫色,總狀花序集于花葶之上。冬春之際,會結如豆粒的藍色漿果(麥冬的果成熟時為黑色)。

dwarf lilyturf is a common and popular gardening plant. it is a perennial grass. even though it lies low and short, every part of the plant shines – the graceful leaves are dark green and linear, flowers in short spikes resemble strings of little bells tinkling in light lilac, and it produces attractive round blue fruits.

 

上網搜集資料,赫然發現原來早已認識她的化身。她橢圓形的珠狀根便是中藥中的麥冬。引百度百科:全草的藥用價值,尤其是紡綞形隆起肉質的根塊。中藥中與麥冬一樣亦稱為麥冬,但以沿階草的塊根為正宗。

only now after i research on this plant did i realize that i knew this plant in another form for long. dwarf lilyturf tuber or mai dong in mandarin is the dried root we chinese often use as an ingredient in making soup and congee.

參考 reference:

  • 藥名:麥門冬(別名虋冬、不死藥、禹餘糧)
  • 藥材基源:百合科植物麥冬或沿階草的塊根
  • 性味:甘、微苦、寒
  • 功效:滋陰潤肺、益胃生津、清心除煩《百度百科
  • gardenology.org
  • dwarf lilyturf tuber (source: beijing digital museum of tcm)

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