夜香花 tonkin jasmine

前兩天「巡視」兵頭花園,在雅賓利道入口前面,幾道座椅花棚其中一處,看到一簇簇黄花群,跟著絲絲香氣飄入鼻腔。端看繖形狀聚繖花序中,五瓣黃色的花冠内心呈白,渾圓的葉片扣出纖細葉尖,像豐美的心。原來我們飯桌上冬瓜盅中,吃到的朵朵淡綠小花就是她們。

interestingly, cantonese or hong kongers know this plant more of its flower as an ingredient in a popular summery soup “white gourd bowl”. this fragrant climber is native to china. the plant bears clusters of golden yellow blooms along the vining stems during summer and autumn months. its flowers and leaves emit a rich, heavy fragrance at night. according to chinese herbalist the flower is good for the liver and vision.

倒可笑。不少我們認識的植物,皆先在餐桌上,遇到真身反是難得。網上搜尋,夜香花也有類似現象,找到食譜的多,植物的資料其次。

先引《香港餐務管理協會》一篇「物料知識 – 清雋幽雅夜香花

夏令菜式,以清雋為高,此時素食比葷食較受人歡迎 。。。。。。

夜香花是華南的特有花卉,又名夜來香,是攀藤植物,農家通常在屋前屋後搭棚架栽植,夏令時節,綠葉滿架,是遮擋陽光、避暑熱的好去處。它開的小花,白中帶黃,串串如吊鐘,晚間散發出陣陣幽香,辟除了炎夏的悶氣,一香能消百濁,是以農家對夜香花甚為鍾愛,以之入饌,或作食療,譬如用以滾瘦肉湯,芳香馥郁,清而不膩。這碗湯不僅可口,且有助除口臭、辟穢濁,舒鬱結,治胃痛、止痢疾的食療功效。

粵菜很常使用夜香花,通常都為配角,用量不多,意在把清新氣息帶入菜饌,以辟除惱人的暑氣,是以夏令著名湯菜冬瓜盅,其上定會浮泛一撮夜香花,散發出的芳香氣息,誘人食慾。

夜香花能夠清肝明目。。。。。。夜香花去掉花萼後與肉類滾湯,飲之能去除口腔異味,還可以止痛。

i saw this plant in an organic farm previously. the pretty coloured flowers and heart-shape leaves provide high-ornamental value to the farm in additional to its ediable quality. if you have time these days and like to check out the fragrance and the beauty of the plant, visit the botanic garden in the central. enter from the albany road entrance, with the food kiosk by your left, go straight, it is one of the climbers featured at the benches along the path.

夜香花 tonkin jasmine (telosma cordata) – kingdom: 植物界 plantae | division: 被子植物門 magnoliophyta | class: 雙子葉植物綱 magnoliopsida | order: 龍膽目 gentianales | family: 夾竹桃科 apocynaceae | genus: 夜來香屬 telosma | species 種:夜來香 t. cordata

參考 reference:

  • 夜來香(學名:Telosma cordata)是夾竹桃科夜來香屬的植物,是中國的特有植物。分布在亞洲、美洲、歐洲以及中國大陸的華南等地
  • 小枝柔弱,有毛,具乳汁。葉對生;葉片寬卵形、心形至矩圓狀卵形,長4~9.5cm,寬3~8cm,先端短漸尖,基部深心形,全緣,基出掌狀脈7~9條,邊緣和脈上有毛。繖形狀聚繖花序腋生,有花多至30朵;花冠裂片5,矩圓形,黃綠色,有清香氣,夜間更甚,故有「夜來香」、「 夜香花 」之名;副花冠5裂,肉質,短於花藥,著生於合蕊冠上,頂端漸尖;花粉塊每室1個,橢圓形,直立。蓇葖果披針形,長7.5cm,外果皮厚,無毛。種子寬卵形,長約8mm,頂端具白色絹質種毛。
  • 其花、葉在夜間吐放地濃香氣味(含丁香生物鹼等毒素),容易使人頭暈、失眠、甚至氣喘、胸悶、全身不適。因此,不宜將此花擺在臥室、客廳。《維基百科》
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