楊桃 starfruit

看得太多死亡了,要衝喜一下。

楊桃花很有喜意,暖粉粉的;姿態嬌巧,花枝往往在樹幹和枝條上拔出,有如珊瑚枝婀娜叢生,紅粉霏霏。這植物是突出的調配師,嬌俏的鐘形小花,配潤綠的羽狀複葉、棕紅的枝幹,再獻出嫩青的五角或六角果子。

too much sadness in the last two posts, better cheering up a little. starfruit is indeed a cheering plant during its flowering and fruiting seasons.

starfruit is an evergreen tree originates from the indian peninsula. it has been planted in china and asia for hundreds of years. in the tropics and subtropics, it blooms all year round and is common to see flowers and fruits ripen and not the same time.

starfruit the plant is quite a magician. it is good in presenting wonders in shapes and colours. the flowers are adorable – small, bell-like and in charming pink. don’t the branches of flower cluster remind you of coral? the fruit when first emerges is already in its signature shape and new green, these bright green and pink make such a lovely contrast.

楊桃在藥用植物學上楊桃被稱為「五斂子」,原產于東南亞如斯里蘭卡、印度半島。在熱帶和亞熱帶地區全年不時開出花果。細讀資料,有一有趣發現:原來楊桃的葉(互生羽狀複葉,形狀橢圓)是感光和感震的,晚上和遇到衝擊震動都會合上。

one interesting fact i just learnt when researching starfruit is that “the leaflets are reactive to light and tend to fold together at night, they are also sensitive to abrupt shock and when shaken tend to close up also.” (from wikipedia) ; a tree mimosa!

楊桃 starfruit (averrhoa carambola)

kingdom: 植物界 plantae | class: 被子植物門 magnoliophyta | division: 雙子葉植物綱 magnoliopsida | order: 酢漿草目 oxalidales | family: 酢漿草科 oxalidaceae | genus: 楊桃屬/五斂子屬 averrhoa | species: 楊桃種a. carambola

參考 reference:

  • 《本草綱目》載:楊桃「果,主風熱,生津,止渴。」楊桃性涼,具利尿作用,對降血壓、驅暑降火有顯著的效果。五斂子,實去風熱、生津止渴。葉敷腫毒、拔膿生肌。花能治心病、根治中毒、樹皮治紅色粟粒疹。」《維基百科》
  • starfruit on wikipedia
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