山芝麻 narrow-leaved screwtree [ 山頂-香港仔10月1日行 peak-aberdeen walk on oct1 ]

10月1日乘車往山頂走下香港仔。一路收穫豐富。原來秋季的生物活動旺盛,不少植物此時開花,引來蝴蝶、小鳥。

took a walk from the peak down to aberdeen country park on the holiday oct 1. it was a surprisingly rewarding trip. wasn’t prepared to see so many blooms, they in turn drew other lives and movements, from birds and insects.

this plant in chinese is called mountain sesame because of the shape of its fruit. it is native to guangdong and it is one of the ingredients of the renowned herbal tea “24 herbs”.

進入香港仔郊野公園範圍,突然給路邊毛絨小果吸引,初以為是五指毛桃。查究後知道這是二十四味之一的山芝麻。這小灌木有長橢圓狀披針形葉片葉片,萼筒狀花有紫有白,花序總狀,朔果卵狀矩圓形,略似芝麻,密被星狀毛。

山芝麻 narrow-leaved screwtree (helicteres angustifolia l.) – kingdom: 植物界 plantae | unranked: (未分級) 被子植物 angiosperms | unranked: (未分級) 真雙子葉植物 eudicots | order: 錦葵目 malvales | family: 梧桐科 sterculiaceae | genus: 山芝麻屬 helicteres

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