五爪木的美 miagos bush

開花前,五爪木呈現的是構圖的美:纖巧的葉片,像帶有精緻雕工葉緣的竹葉,掌狀複葉投射出如五爪的形態。

before bloom, the beauty i found in miagos bush is in the composition: the leaves are like bamboo leaves only with more delicacy, check out the edges of the leaves. their palmate compound display and the leaf shape complement each other in no better way.

開花結果,植物架成立體建築:小花組成圓錐狀複花序,一球花塔架空于果子上。果子的色調變化,由綠黃轉棕紅成熟為紫紅近黑。質感由光滑成長出紋彩。排列亂中有序,讓花朵傲立高點,果子們群起圍攏在下。不期然想起「天空之城」。

and then flower buds emerge, follow by fruit. the whole plant turns to an architecture. cone-shaped inflorescence compound stands high, with the entourage of green-turn-to-red-to-deep-purple fruit gather beneath its feet. the colours, the textures, the high and low dimension strike a multi-dimensional picture, which reminds me of the “castle in the sky”, from the great japanese animation “laputa: castle in the sky” by the master, hayao mayazaki.

 

宮崎駿《天空之城》“laputa: castle in the sky” by hayao mayazaki.

domain: eukaryota 真核域|kingdom:plantae 植物界|phylum: tracheophyta | class: magnoliopsida 被子植物門 | superorder: aralianae | order: apiales 傘形目| family: araliaceae 五加科 | tribe: schefflereae | genus: osmoxylon 蘭嶼八角金盤屬 || botanical name: – osmoxylon lineare (merr.) philipson (source: http://zipcodezoo.com/Plants/O/Osmoxylon_lineare/)

 reference:

  • 五爪木原生於菲律賓、馬來西亞。
  • 五爪木属五加科。五加科(araliaceae)植物共有52個屬,900多種,包括喬木、灌木和藤本,只有少數種為多年生草本植物,一般都具有羽狀或掌狀復葉,花很小但排列為大的花序中,組成圓錐狀復花序。
  • 本科植物和傘形科以及海桐花科親緣最近。五加科屬的分類尚沒有最終確定,有些屬被歸併入鵝掌柴屬中,可能還有些屬會被劃開。
  • 五加科植物有許多是重要的中藥材,如人蔘、三七、西洋參、通草、五加等,五加根皮可泡製著名的五加皮酒。《維基百科》
  • rare tropical ornamental miniature tree valuable for exotic fine-cut leaves. palmate compound leaves with leathery surface. tolerant to drought and wide range of light conditions, from full sun to deep shade. exotic foliage of japanese style, like a bamboo. easy to grow, suitable for indoors. (source: toptropicals.com)
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