吊鐘 chinese new year flower (enkianthus quinqueflorus)

吊鐘的英文俗名是中國年花。少時,過年花市的年花種類集中,桃花、水仙、菊花、年桔、劍蘭,偶爾有臘梅和吊鐘。近年吊鐘已絕跡花市,大概與「意頭」不好有關。

enkianthus quinqueflorus is a native to southern china including hong kong and vietnam. its common name is chinese new year flower, as it flowers in early spring. the species is protected by hong kong’s forestry regulations. this species in chinese is known as “hanging bell”. these lovely bells at blossom are in cheerful pink and lovely shape.

印象中花市中的種植吊鐘比較蕭刹,花較小色較淡。野外的吊鐘卻是嬌豔欲滴。上星期在嘉道理農場巧遇花時。

吊鐘原生華南包括香港。網上搜尋此植物,大陸台灣的網上資料缺乏,由此推斷此植物生境不廣。野生吊鐘於香港受香港林務條例所保護。特別一提,台灣的吊鐘屬另一物種。中台兩地通常稱此植物為鈴兒花。

there is limited information about this species online. i assume the plant is really limited to its native ground. so treasure them when you spot them. i am happy to see them at kadoorie farm last week.

cny flower

吊鐘 chinese new year flower (enkianthus quinqueflorus) – 杜鵑花目 ericales order | 杜鵑花科 ericaceae family | 吊鐘屬 enkianthus genus | species 種: 吊鐘 e. quinqueflorus

reference: flora of china

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