visited wetland park couple of time in june. the main goal is dragonflies and butterflies. but late spring and summer vegetation seize my heart and camera too. the good thing about visiting the park this season is that the bird-watching crowd retires. but don’t forget, beware of heat stroke.
june is a busy flowering and fruiting season for many, lotus, melastoma, adina pilulifera, rice paddy, lychee, longan to name a few.
the chinese common name of sweet viburnum is coral tree. it does highlight the “structure” of the flowers and fruit. i fell in love with the rouge drupe the last two trips to the park. they are like shy little kids blushing all the way, the colours are so lovely.the flowers are adorable too. referring back to the photo i took in feb, sweet viburnum blossoms resemble tiny white fairies.
text-book says sweet viburnum’s fruit maturing in august. i hope i am able to catch the season later. apparently, when the fruits ripe they turn purple. i can imagine branches of mini-grapes hanging attractively on the trees.
one botany note to add in the end, according to wiki, there is a new family called adoxaceae, three to four genus originally under caprifoliaceae(the honeysuckle family are grouped under this new family. i follow the new family for the botanic information of sweet viburnum below.
珊瑚樹 sweet viburnum (viburnum odoratissimum) – 植物界 plantae kingdom | 被子植物門 magnoliophyta division | 雙子葉植物綱 magnoliopsida class | 川續斷目 dipsacales order | 五福花科 adoxaceae family | 莢蒾屬 viburnum genus | 種 species: 珊瑚樹 v. odoratissimum wiki
- potentially a very large evergreen shrub or small tree, at maturity sweet viburnum may reach 6.1 m in height. the leaves are smooth, bright green. they are arranged oppositely on green stems in such a way that a healthy plant gives the impression of being quite robust and dense. very mature specimens that have not been pruned will look more open and treelike. tiny white flowers are held in great panicles in spring and are pleasingly fragrant. berries are drupes that turn from red to black and are attractive to birds but they are only sparingly produced in florida. mature specimens are more likely to fruit. floridat.com