苦郎樹 seaside clerodendrum

兩星期前去了一趟東坪洲。一路目不暇接,看石看珊瑚看海岸生物植物。因為行程緊奏,沒有集中看植物。但沿路碰到不少海岸植物和類紅樹林的,如露兜和仙人掌,因為他們都適應鹽分高/淡水缺乏的環境。

went to tung ping chau two weeks ago. it was a rewarding trip as the island is full of nature wonders: rocks, geo-coastal landscapes, coral, marine lives, and plants too. didn’t have enough time to focus on plant watching, but along the way, different seaside plants caught my eyes. many of them are common in mangrove. it makes sense, as both environments share the condition of a lack of freshwater.

這是苦郎樹。為整個海岸帶來秀麗。純白的花, 有長花冠筒,紫紅花蕊吐展,猶如一身白紗的少女,揮動衣袖,輕身一轉,將紅綾拋出。

她是原生樹,常於紅樹林邊緣出現。葉對生,長橢圓形。枝條遍地蔓延。

this is seaside clerodendrum, a native. their blossoms are pretty. the white corolla is fused with five lobes, with purplish stamens extending beyond the petals, and upwardly curved.

在搜集苦郎樹的資料時,有趣地感受到植物學的不斷變化和更新。大部分中文的資料都會說此植物是馬鞭草科 verbenaceae的。但印證英文(西方)的學科資料,就發現此植物歸於唇形科lamiaceae。按維基英文所述,按照最近的動植物種類史研究,許多傳統馬鞭草科的品種,實在應歸於唇形科。新的狹隘定義,馬鞭草科包括約35屬1200種。

this erect, sprawling or climbing shrub grows to heights of up to 6 m. check out its name. clerodendrum inerme comes from two greek words, kléros: fate, or chance, and Dendron: a tree; inermis is latin for unarmed, or defenceless, i.e. without spines. (source: some magnetic island plant(australia))

seaside clerodendrum

苦郎樹 seaside clerodendrum (clerodendrum inerme) – kingdom: plantae 植物界 | (unranked): angiosperms | (unranked): eudicots | (unranked): asterids  | order: lamiales 唇形目 | family: lamiaceae 唇形科 | subfamily: teucrioideae | genus: clerodendrum大青屬 … species: clerodendrum inerme wiki

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