水翁 water banyan

對水翁花很有印象,因為從少聽說這種用在五花茶的材料。

不過,直至幾天前,才知道水翁花開得美麗。

i heard about water banyan and in fact tasted it a lot, because the flowers are one of the ingredients in our common herbal tea. it was however only last sunday, did i learn how the flowers are like in living form. and, they are truly pretty.

水翁,本地原生。根據 《香港古樹名木》一書,香港最老的水翁,挺立在香港墳場, 超過150年樹齡。

water banyan is native to hong kong. the oldest tree is said to be one at the hong kong cemetery at happy valley. it is over 1.5 century old.

濕地公園進園不遠,沿溪畔種植很多水翁和水石榕。水石榕到了花期末,輪到水翁盛放。美麗而溫婉。

water banyan is commonly seen by waterside. the blossom season is around may and june.

water banyan

引述《醫學百科》對花的形態描述:「圓錐花序生于無葉的老枝上,花無梗,两三朵簇生;花蕾卵形,萼管半球形,萼片連成帽狀體,先端有短喙;花瓣四,常附于帽狀萼上,花開時一并脫落;雄蕊多數,分離,花藥卵形。漿果闊卵圓形,成熟時紫黑色。花期5-6月。」

用作廿四味或五花茶的主要成份的,是水翁的花蕾,性味苦寒,有清暑解表,去濕消滯的功效。

as mentioned, water banyan is used in making the “24 hearbal tea” as well as in the “five flower tea”. the leaves and buds are also harvested, dried, and brewed as an herbal tea in vietnam.

water banyan2

水翁 water banyan /lidded cleistocalyx (cleistocalyx operculatus) – kingdom: plantae 植物界 | (unranked): angiosperms | (unranked): eudicots | (unranked): rosids | order: myrtales 桃金娘目 | family: myrtaceae 桃金孃科 | genus: cleistocalyx 水翁屬| species: c. operculatus wiki

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