六月黃花 june yellow

潺槁樹,香港常見。外貌老實。五六月開花,花姿不搶眼。但若留意欣賞,花朵別有嬌媚。

this tropical tree is commonly known as pond spice in hong kong. i found common names like brown bollywood and bollygum from an australian website. it is an honest looking tree and the blossoms are not sharp in colours.

but if you make a closer look to the flowers of this dioecious plant, you will find the blossoms a mini-tiara.

pond spice flowers 

潺槁花單性,雌雄異株。而花一開,引來蜂和蝶,生意盅然。

not to forget, pond spice is a nectar source to many butterflies. so every flower season is also a butterfly season, and very often you will get a bonus of bees and other sweet-tooth creatures.

pond spice

潺槁樹 pond spice (litsea glutinosa) – 植物界 plantae kingdom | 被子植物門 magnoliophyta division | 雙子葉植物綱 magnoliopsida class |  樟目 laurales order | 樟科lauraceae family |  genus: litsea 木姜子屬 | species:  litsea glutinosa 潺槁木姜子

參考 reference:

  • 花單性,雌雄異株;繖形花序於枝端腋生,單生或成覆繖形花序;總花梗長2~4cm或更長;總苞片4;花梗密被黃色絨毛;花被不全或缺;能育雄蕊9或更多,花葯4室,內向瓣裂,花期5~6月。 《金門縣烈嶼鄉卓環國民小學
  • 花及樹葉是蝴蝶和它們的幼蟲的蜜源及食草:潺槁樹的花和樹葉是黃邊鳳蝶白弄蝶、斐豹蛺蝶、斑鳳蝶、青鳳蝶和它們的幼蟲的蜜源和食草 《認識植物(莊溪)》
  • australian tropical rainforest

六月黄花當然少不了豬腸豆 and the yellow queen of june, golden shower

golden shower 13

golden shower 豬腸豆 (cassia fistula) – order: fabales 豆目 | family: fabaceae 豆科 | genus: cassia  決明屬  | species: c. fistula

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