山頂小野花 wild flowers at victoria peak

上星期六,很想去親近原始一點的自然景物(實在太慣往市區公園溜),却又懶走得遠。於是坐上往山頂的巴士,到了灣仔峽道下車。一下車路邊的花坡迎來幾朵幽藍的小花,點亮微凉的初秋正午。

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.

這年生草本叫鴨跖草,原生於東亞及東南亞北部。在日本叫露草,露水的草。據維基英文版所說,十八十九世紀的日本浮世繪中用色,有提取自此植物。

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

參考 reference:wiki &《臺中市立后里國民中學》

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走上警隊博物館的路上,遇見同瓣草。花蕾像小星錘,花開似石絡和素英。屬多年生草本。

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

參考 reference:《樹木谷》 & australian national botanic garden

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沿路下山,一路蕨類植物不絕;最搶眼當然是扇葉鐵線蕨。一列列的扇形葉片,以黑髮般也葉柄串連;還呈酡紅色,俏麗如少女。

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.

參考 referece:《臺中市立后里國民中學》 & ferns of thailand

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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.

藿香薊 billygoat-weed (ageratum conyzoides) 

香港大沙葉 hong kong pavetta (pavetta hongkongensis bremek) 

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