絡石 star jasmine (trachelospermum jasminoides)

絡石又稱絡石藤,是常綠攀緣木質藤本。植物各部分都有特色,藤和葉可入藥,果是長細成對的蓇葖果。而此時節,花是主角。

絡石花,白色,香鬱,可提取香油。聚繖花序頂生。花苞螺旋形,開花時扭轉平展。所以花形呈風車吹般的動態。

上星期在山頂,遇到花開。旁邊還有黃體鹿蛾一親香澤。

star jasmine is an evergreen woody liana. it is native to eastern and southeast asia for example japan and china.

“jasminoides” from its name trachelospermum jasminoides is botanical latin for ‘jasmine-like’, that is to say it is not a true jasmine. the name honors the wonderful jasmine-like perfume produced by this vine (source: floridata). another common name is trader’s compass.

now is the stage time of its white fragrant flowers. it has a playful look of pinwheel. yet it is a plant of many uses. a perfume oil can be extracted from the flowers and its stem/vine and leaves are used in chinese medicine. its pretty flowers also makes it a popular climbing plant used in gardening.

one added note, this photo was taken last weekend at the peak. the blossoming star jasmine has a company. it is a butterfly-look-alike moth. its name is amata grotei.

star jasmines

絡石 star jasmine (trachelospermum jasminoides) – kingdom: plantae 植物界 | (unranked 未分級): angiosperms 被子植物 | (unranked未分級): eudicots 真雙子葉植物 | (unranked 未分級): asterids 菊類植物|order: 龍膽目 gentianales |family 夾竹桃科 apocynaceae | genus: 絡石屬 trachelospermum | species 種: 絡石 t. jasminoides  wiki

参考 referencefloridata ; 《認識植物

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