非洲鳳仙 busy lizzie (impatiens walleriana)

非洲鳳仙,也有稱洋鳳仙,是香港常見的栽種品種,公園很容易看到她們的蹤影。這多年生的草本,莖肉質,花的顏色變化端。花瓣姿質特別,近似紙張。花冠綻放,感覺隨意卻充滿媚態。

busy Lizzie

impatiens walleriana also known as busy lizzie is native to africa but common and popular today around the world. gardens and parks in hong kong love this flowering herbaceous perennial. blooms are in a variety of colour, pink, scarlet, purple and white.

鳳仙屬植物的果,有種特質,讓植物有『急性子』的稱號。其蒴果,紡錘形,青綠色。成熟後,受輕輕碰觸,種子拚爆而出。

busy Lizzie fruit

果呈急性,還可考究到希臘神話。有說,諸神宴會作樂,當中以金蘋果款待。但金蘋果少了一個,大家歸罪仙女。仙女沒有給與辯白機會,遭逐出仙境。仙女流落人間,精疲力盡。彌留之際祈願沉冤得雪。仙子死後化身鳳仙。每當果熟,果實一受碰触,馬上裂開,彷彿迫不及待讓人看清『肺腑』。

this genus of plant have a chinese common name ‘the impatient’. is it a coincidence the genus name is impatiens?

busy Lizzie seeds dispersed

the seed dispersal earns the genus this name. fruits in the form of loculicidal capsules will explode when ripe and on being touched. seeds will simply leaps out.

非洲鳳仙 busy Lizzie (impatiens walleriana) – kingdom: plantae | (unranked): angiosperms | (unranked): eudicots | (unranked): asterids | order: ericales 杜鵑花目 | family: balsaminaceae 鳳仙花科 | genus: impatiens 鳳仙花屬 | species: i. wallerana 蘇丹鳳仙花

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