雞矢藤 chinese feverine

認識雞矢藤,始於茶果。

香港郊區、新界村莊的老人家,都會做茶果作招徠,吸引假日遊客。茶果其中最受人注目的便是「雞屎藤」口味,由是熟悉她「轉世」(葉洗淨並搗碎後混入粉團)之後的烏黑。

不過,只聞其名,一直到這一、二年才見其真身。

chinese feverine is well-known in hong kong, not so much as itself as a plant, but as an ingredient in a hakka flour cake. village people or older generation like to take the leaves, grind them and mix with flour, separate and mould them into small dough, then steam. the finished cake is dark greenish black in colour and taste slightly herbal.

雞屎藤十分粗生,但形態柔美,是攀缘灌木。葉對生,葉形多樣。花朵有其獨特的姿色,筒形的花冠外白內酒紅。果子是油亮的小可愛,由綠轉橙。

chinese feverine is native to temperate and tropical asia, including hong kong. it is a deciduous climbing shrub. it enjoys sunshine and has strong vitality, yet it is graceful in the appearance: stems are long and branching; leaves opposite, simple and variable in shape; flower tubes are white on the outside, and burgundy to purple inside; fruits are small, oval and glossy, in green at the beginning and then orange.

雞矢藤 chinese feverine/skunkvine (paederia scandens) – kingdom: plantae 植物界 | (unranked 未分級 ): angiosperms 被子植物| (unranked 未分級 ): eudicots 真雙子葉植物 | (unranked未分級) : asterids | order: gentianales 龍膽目 | family: rubiaceae 茜草科 | subfamily: rubioideae | tribe: paederieae |  genus: paederia 雞矢藤屬 | species paederia scandens  wiki & hkherbarium

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