桃金娘科的串錢柳 weeping bottlebrush (callistemon viminalis) and the family of myrtle

春天的紅花真的很多。

串錢柳形態奇妙,容易辨識。

so many red flowers in spring, weeping bottlebrush is among them. this plant is easy to spot, it has distinguishable features.

枝條如楊柳下垂,但枝葉茂盛所以沒有柳樹的落泊感。

春天花開,一片喜氣洋洋。近看嬌嬈如桃李。玄妙之處,花開得盛開得密集,遠觀卻顯低調不爭彩。

weeping bottlebrush tree

weeping bottlebrush in chinese has the term willow in the name, because of the resemblance. it is native to australia but it is very commonly planted in parks and in the city of hong kong. my guess is that people love the red blossoms and the fruit that chinese find them look like strings of coin.

weeping bottlebrush flowers

to appreciate the flowers, i suggest admire them by far then take closer looks. even though the blossoms are red in colour and bloom in abundance when at season, they have a subtleness; red can be quiet not loud in weeping bottlebrush. then, get closer. the scarlet stamens dotted yellow at top are crowded but clearly disciplined. in this season, fruits are still soft and green and rotund. they will turn into woody capsules when mature.

bottlebrush young fruit

串錢柳是桃金娘科下常綠灌木或小喬木。桃金娘科植物有趣,按《百度百科》說桃金娘科植物主要產于澳大利亞和美洲的熱帶和亞熱帶地區。本科植物葉常綠全緣,多有透明的腺點(照於光下更為明顯),揉之有香氣。花朵纖細,共同的特徵是雄蕊多如睫毛,花絲細長柔,子房下位。代表植物有桉樹、蓮霧、蒲桃、千層樹等。

this evergreen small tree is in the myrtaceae (the myrtle family). this family is of quite a number characteristics, after checking few databases online. myrtle, clove, guava, and eucalyptus all belong here. all species are woody, with essential oils. one notable character of the family is that the phloem is located on both sides of the xylem, not just outside as in most other plants. the leaves are evergreen and usually with an entire (not toothed) margin, frequently are glandular dotted as well. the stamens are usually very conspicuous, brightly coloured and numerous.

串錢柳 weeping bottlebrush (callistemon viminalis) – 植物界 plantae kingdom | 被子植物門 magnoliophyta division | 雙子葉植物綱 magnoliopsida order | 桃金娘科 myrtaceae (myrtle family) | 紅千層屬 callistemon genus | 種 species : 串錢柳 (c. viminalis)《維基》

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