春天的小白花 spring’s white flowers

繁縷 common chickweed

先從名字說起,喜歡「繁縷」。兩字有關數和量,表述素白花朵的小草本植物,表實中有文字神采。然後知道植物的拉丁屬名Stellaria,是星星的意思,更覺有餘韻。

資料指繁縷是世界之草,這一年生的原野雜草生長於各地。

另一特色是其花瓣。每朵小白花都有五塊分裂的花瓣,看上去就像十塊。

this plant is native to europe but can be seen around the world. the reality is less romantic, the plant is often eaten by chicken, thus the common name. i’d prefer its details in latin. it is of the genus of stellaria,which means star. this i think fits the flowers. they do look like stars sprawling across the ground once flowering.

one easy way to recognize the plant is that each flower consist of five white bifid petals; that’s why they look like having ten petals.

繁縷 common chickweed (stellaria media) – 植物界 plantae kingdom| 被子植物門 magnoliophyta division | 雙子葉植物綱 magnoliopsida class | 石竹目 caryophyllales order | 石竹科 caryophyllaceae family | 繁縷屬 stellaria genus | 種 species:繁縷 s. media

Common Chickweed

豆梨 callery pear

在濕地公園首遇豆梨花,驚豔。五官精緻的大家閨秀;初時還以為是梅花。

按《台灣原生植物花園》所述,豆梨在中國廣泛分佈,遠至詩經都有記載:「山有苞棣,隰有樹檖。未見君子,憂心如醉。」句中的「檖」就指豆梨,意思是山上長的植物有唐棣,豆梨則常見於較低濕的地方。

豆梨是落葉喬木。花與葉都美:花序傘形總狀。花瓣五塊,雄蕊二十,花柱二。卵形葉片,邊緣有鈍鋸齒。

the callery pear is a species of pear native to china. the history of callery pear dated back 3,000 years ago, the zhou dynasty.

it flowers in spring and the blossoms are pretty. for a brief instant, i mistook them as plum blossoms.

豆梨 callery pear (pyrus calleryana) – 植物界 plantae kingdom | (unranked): angiosperms | (unranked): eudicots | (unranked): rosids | 薔薇科 rosaceae family | 梨屬 pyrus genus | 豆梨種p. calleryana species | species: p. calleryana

callery pear

山指甲 chinese privet

山指甲這陣子在四周濃烈地爆發。是的,一定要用這樣猛烈的用詞:雖然花朵獨立一朵很細小,但山指甲一開花,就是一塔一塔的潔白花群 – 聚繖花序再排為圓錐花序 – 真正活出花朵盛放的局面。再者,花朵散放濃厚香味(多的時候有臭花的感覺)。

chinese privet is a hong kong native. it is explosive in this season. bright white inflorescences cyme and panicles emit bold fragrance.

in a less natural way, it is cultivated as an ornamental plant and for hedges.

山指甲chinese privet (ligustrum sinense) – 植物界 plantae kingdom | 被子植物門 magnoliophyta division | 雙子葉植物綱 magnoliopsida class | 唇形目 lamiales order | 木犀科 oleaceae family| 女貞屬 ligustrum genus | 種 species:小蠟 l. sinens

ch privet

鯽魚膽 maesa perlarius

鯽魚膽,跟山指甲都是原生植物。鯽魚膽常見于我們周圍,且容易認。

因為葉片頗大,互生,葉緣呈鋸齒。春季開花,乳白小花腋生,或呈圓錐狀或總狀。果期由初夏伸延至冬季,如珍珠葡萄累累掛於樹上。

maesa perlarius is a native evergreen shrub. it is easy to recognize: the leaves are alternate, with big zigzag margin; in spring, the plant delivers axillaries of creamy white flowers; the fruit period extends from early summer to winter, they are like vines of pearl clusters.

鯽魚膽 maesa perlarius – order: ericales 杜鵑花目 | famiy: maesaceae 紫金牛科| genus: maesa 杜莖山屬 | species: maesa perlarius

maesa perlarius

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