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