木棉盛放 tree cotton boom

才為色彩踏實的芒果樹抱不平,轉頭被大刺刺鬧紅的木棉攝住了。

今年的木棉開得不得了。

一月,寫過木棉冬天的形態。相隔不了多少日子,紅棉經已處處。

hing hon rd@般咸道/興漢道 bonham road-hing hong road

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.

hku cotton@香港大學 hku
香港周圍都是木棉,市區郊外,當然還有紅棉道。前兩天,到赤柱逛了一圈,在馬坑村附近一幽靜處,數株木棉怒放,就近的地面,鋪滿整齊排列的木棉花,讓陽光放曬。覺得這是木棉花最完美的結局:花開花落人拾。廣東人都用木棉曬好來煮五花茶。

queen's college@皇仁書院 queen’s college

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”.

chatham rd cotton@漆咸道 chatham road

木棉的花蕾,你有留意過嗎?很可愛。最初看到硬殼殼的,有一刹以為是果,但再想清楚,木棉的果,如一扁木舟,皮輕薄些,不是這圓滾革質的模樣。再觀察,橄欖黑色的皮(其實是花萼)裹著酡紅的苞,原來開花前,木棉有低調的出生。

cotton tree bud

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

tcotton flowers

前文 previous post: 《冬之木棉 tree cotton in winter

參考 reference:

  • 樹幹直,樹皮灰色,枝幹均具短粗的圓錐形大刺,後漸平緩成突起。枝近輪生,平展。掌狀複葉互生,長橢圓形,兩端尖,全緣,無毛。
  • 花聚生近枝端,春天先葉開放。蒴果大,橢圓形,木質,外被絨毛,成熟時五裂,內壁有白色長綿毛。《百度百科》
  • 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
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