came across this tree by accident. i was on the way to botanic garden from hong kong park. walking along kennedy road turning up to garden road, and saw the tree tag of the register of old and valuable trees. it says bael fruit. a completely unfamiliar name. immediately i took some photos for record.
and here is the result of some online research. it is a rare tree type in hong kong. bael fruit is native to india. apparently it is considered to be sacred by hindus. It is used in the worship of shiva, who is said to favor the leaves. the tri-foliate form of leaves symbolize the trident that shiva holds in his right hand.
“bael is the only member of the monotypic genus aegle. it is a mid-sized, slender, aromatic, armed, gum-bearing tree growing up to 18 meters tall. it has a leaf with three leaflets. the fruit is eaten fresh or dried. if fresh, the juice is strained and sweetened to make a drink similar to lemonade.” (source: wiki)
木橘 bael fruit (aegle marmelos) – kingdom: plantae 植物界 | (unranked): angiosperms | (unranked): eudicots | (unranked): rosids | order: sapindales 無患子目 | family: rutaceae 芸香科 | subfamily: aurantioideae 柑橘亞科 | tribe: clauseneae | genus: aegle 木橘屬 corrêa | species: a. marmelos 木橘
古樹名木冊 register of old and valuable trees ARCHSD CW/31