wrote about chinese hackberries back in april last year. it was the flowering season then, with green fruit budding.
can’t help writing this deciduous tree again because there are two trees right outside my bed window and they have many avian visitors these days coming for the fruit.
chinese hackberries, those little round or egg-shaped drupe, are born green and ripe in orange-red. like other plants from the genus of celtis (commonly known as hackberries), the drupe are dryish but sweet, with sugary consistency, attractive to many birds.
as its common and latin (celtis sinensis) names suggested, it is native but not restrictive to china. according to archeologist, fossils of chinese hackberries were found at the site of peking man.
even though they are small, as they bloom abundantly, it is a rewarding view. i know at least birds agree with me.
so many visitors so many gourmets – red-whiskered bulbuls, warblers, white-eyes of course, spotted doves and feral pigeons too. the doves and pigeons however appear very clumsy compare to less expected yellow-crested cockatoo. the former group is not too good in balancing themselves on the softer branches of the chinese hackberries, whereas the cockatoo have strong crawling and climbing skill with their very skillful and vigorous beak and claws. i have become a fan of these yellow-crested cockatoo as they without any self-knowledge deliver very entertaining eating show.
朴樹 chinese hackberry (celtis sinensis) – 植物界 plantae | 被子植物門 magnoliophyta | 雙子葉植物綱 magnoliopsida | 薔薇目 rosales | 大麻科 cannabaceae (hemp) family | 朴屬 celtis (commonly known as hackberries) genus | 種 species: 朴樹 c. sinensis 《維基》
- 朴樹的拉丁文學名中，屬名Celtis朴屬是一種擁有甜美果實的樹名，林奈氏把這個名字用在歐洲朴樹（celtis australis L.）上面。種小名sinensis則是「中國的」意思。不過它不止產於中國，日本、韓國也都可以發現它的蹤跡。《國立自然科學博物館》
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