last saturday, a bit tired of urban park going, i craved for more ‘wild’ nature. but being a sickening city person, i could go as far as the peak and merely made it to the top. i took a no. 15 bus and alighted at wanchai gap road. it was literally half way up the peak only. but one of the best part of hong kong is that nature indeed is just hidden at every other corner. the first moment i stepped out of the bus, i was greeted by this dewy or tsuyukusairo blues.
the japanese name of this plant is tsuyukusa. according to wikipedia, it was used extensively as a colorant in 18th and 19th century woodblock prints in japan, especially during the early ukiyo-e era. The blue is indeed spirit-lifting.
鴨跖草 asiatic dayflower (commelina communis) – kingdom: 植物界plantae | (unranked): 被子植物門 magnoliophyta (angiosperms) | (unranked): 單子葉植物綱 monocots | class: liliopsida 鴨跖草目/ (unranked): commelinids | order: commelinales 鴨跖草科 | family: commelinaceae 鴨跖草屬(dayflower) | subfamily: commelinoideae | tribe: commelineae | genus: commelinacommelina | species種：鴨跖草 c. communis
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these star-shaped flowers are perennial plant and is native to australia. it is from the family of campanulaceae, commonly known as bellflower. the common name of the genus is star-of-bethlehem.
同瓣草 star-of-bethlehem (laurentia longiflora) – kingdom: 植物界 plantae | (unranked): 被子植物門 magnoliophyta (angiosperms) | (unranked): 雙子葉植物綱 magnoliopsida | order: 菊目 asterales | family 桔梗科campanulaceae (bellflower) | subfamily半邊蓮科 lobeliaceae | genus：同瓣草屬laurentia = isotoma, solenopsis, hippobroma
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fan-leaved maidenhair were skirting the roads downhill all the way. Drawn by the beauty of the whole plant – the fan-shaped leaflets, the very much hair like leaf stalks and the adoring pink. its botanical name is adiantum flabellulatum.
according to holttum (richard eric holttum, an english botanist) adiantum (unwetted) refers to the way water-drops run off the surface of the pinnae without wetting them. there is not much detailed info on the web about this plant, which leads me believing this plant is native to asia.
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鴨跖草旁有蟛蜞菊 by the side of asiatic dayflower, there are chinese wedelia herb. also native to this region.