珊瑚樹 sweet viburnum

六月去濕地公園,觀鳥季節早已遠去,但可看的東西很多。最好的地方是入園的人少了。但警戒大家要做好防暑準備。

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.

進園最大原因是看蜻蜓看蝶,而春夏植物令這自然舞臺更形絢爛,讓我目不暇接:荷花、蓮、野牡丹、豬籠草、蔓花生、水團花盛開;稻米、荔枝、龍眼開始打果。珊瑚樹的胭脂長橢圓核果,很逗人喜愛。

june is a busy flowering and fruiting season for many, lotus, melastoma, adina pilulifera, rice paddy, lychee, longan to name a few.

珊瑚樹的果,誠如其名,有著珊瑚枝的結構,實承自其圓錐花序。翻看二月到濕地公園的照片,其花也美麗。花兩性,花冠白色,雄蕊著生於冠喉,並挺出花外,引伸出動感和線條。

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.

sweet viburnum flowers

成熟的珊瑚樹果會由豔紅轉為紫色,想像一下,串串珍珠葡萄掛樹。希望遲點有機會捉住季節。

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.

sweet viburnum fruits

sweet viburnum fruits riper

另,植物學小課:大部分中文的資料都說珊瑚樹屬川續斷目忍冬科莢蒾屬。但從維基英文版有說,新分類有五福花科,從前忍冬科中三四屬包括莢蒾撥入新科。所以下面的植物學資料,我依循新的五福花科。

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

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  • 型態優美的珊瑚樹是常綠小喬木,樹幹呈灰褐色,橢圓形的葉為對生單葉,葉背葉凸出,縱與支交接處常有小撮黃幼毛。春季白色小花綻放,花瓣細小,向外反捲,花蕊伸出花冠以外。果實也是橢圓形,夏季成熟,初時呈紅色,熟透時會轉為紫色,活像一串串迷你葡萄。各種食果鳥類常聚集樹上享用甜美的果實!《賞樹日記》
  • 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
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