鴨腳木開花 ivy trees blosoom

鴨腳木是香港常見的常綠植物,無論在公園和郊野。

這一兩年秋冬季蠻常到郊野,卻因為她們的普遍,就算出現在眼前,皆沒有特別細意去欣賞。

幸而,過去一個星期六,因為一位資深導賞員提點,才真正留意觀察了鴨腳木。碰著她們的花期,得領略到這植物的美。

ivy tree is a common evergreen plant in hong kong. you can see them easily in parks and countryside. check out trees with leaves arranged like duck feet (only that each foot is of seven or eight digit); the chinese common name of this plant is duck-feet tree.

i have visited the countryside quite often in the last two years during autumn and winter. as they are so universal i have paid no attention to this plant at all.

fortunately, in the past saturday, an interpreter i respect a lot reminded me the specialities of this plant.

鴨腳木是冬季開花的,是冬季野外的寵兒,因為昆蟲生物都靠她飽腹。香港的冬蜜,不少來自鴨腳木花蜜。

ivy trees blossom in winter, making them a darling in the wild, as insects and birds feed on them. and human too. one important source of our winter honey is the nectar of this plant.

花米黃色成簇,遠觀並不養眼。靠近觀察,卻發現花蕾的整齊隊形和花開綻放花瓣和花蕊的輻射型態,不無結構的美。有資料說鴨腳木的花為單性,雌雄異株。

the flowers are in beige and clusters; in a distance they are not flashy enough. only if you observe them closer, it is easy to discover the structural beauty. look at how neat and discipline the buds shape; and when the flowers bloom, the petals and stamens are in radiation pattern.

鴨腳木的寶還多。花結成果,紫黑色的圓形漿果,是林鳥和小動物的珍寶。而樹的根皮和莖皮,還是我們二十四味的材料。

the value of the ivy tree is not limited to these. the dark purple round berries feed forest birds and small animals in the winter. the bark of the stem and root is one of the ingredients of our popular 24-herbal tea.

鴨腳木 ivy tree (schefflera heptaphylla) – 植物界 plantae kingdom | 被子植物門 magnoliophyta division | 雙子葉植物綱 magnoliopsida class | 傘形目 apiales order | 五加科 araliaceae family | 鵝掌柴屬 schefflera genus | 種:鵝掌柴 s. octophylla species wiki

reference:

biflora.org

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