a post ago, i was saying let’s pay attention to the less colourful plants like mango. now i am totally bewitched by glamour of tree cotton.
undeniably, tree cotton is ‘hell’ flowering this year.
in january i wrote about tree cotton in winter, showing you how handsome the tree is in its truck and leaves. in less than two months, it is its flowering season.
tree cotton is very common in hong kong, in the city and in the rural area. and of course, we have a road named “cotton road”.
few days back, i went to stanley. on a slope around ma hang village, a number of tree cottons were blossoming gloriously. there i found the beautiful ending of tree cotton blossoms. on the ground around, hundreds of the flowers were laid neatly and were basking under the sun. it must be the residents preparing the blossoms in the traditional way. the dried flowers are of good herbal value. people in guangdong like to boil them with a few other herbs to make the herbal tea “five-flower tea”.
here is how the flower buds look like. the leathery part is the calyx. nature is full of wonder, the low-key colours and appearance will then evolve to the most glorious and splendid blossoms.
木棉 tree cotton (bombax ceiba) – kingdom: plantae 植物界 | (unranked): angiosperms/flowering plants 被子植物/開花植物 | (unranked): eudicots 真雙子葉植物 | (unranked): rosids 薔薇類植物 | order: malvales 錦葵目 | family: malvaceae 錦葵科 | genus: bombax 木棉屬 | species: b. ceiba 木棉 wiki
前文 previous post: 《冬之木棉 tree cotton in winter》
- this tropical tree has a straight tall trunk and its leaves are deciduous in winter. red flowers with 5 petals appear in the spring before the new foliage. it produces a capsule which, when ripe, contains white fibres like cotton. its trunk bears spikes to deter attacks by animals.
- cup-shaped flowers solitary or clustered, axillary or sub-terminal, fascicles at or near the ends of the branches, when the tree is bare of leaves; calyx is cup-shaped usually 3 lobed. staminal tube is short, more than 60 in 5 bundles. stigma is light red, ovary is pink, with the skin of the ovary covered in white silky hair. seeds are numerous, long, ovoid, black or gray in colour and packed in white cotton. wiki