木橘 bael fruit (aegle marmelos)

從香港公園方向往兵頭花園途中,堅尼地道與花園道交界,突然發現一個從未見過的樹名,且是寫在古樹牌上。立刻引起興趣,記錄下來。

字面上很普通,木和橘。但組合起來,對我來說是新鮮的品種。查閱資料,也確實有其珍奇之處。此木原生印度,在中國按《百度百科》說產雲南西雙版纳。芸香科下木橘是木橘屬唯一的代表。

這個時節並非花或果期,所以觀察其樹,看不到很大的特色。緩引網上資料:「樹皮灰色,葉片差異大。」「花芳香,有花梗;花瓣白色,花絲甚短。花药線狀而長。種子多,扁卵形。」

此外,此樹是印度教的聖樹。教徒會以此樹拜濕婆,因傳說濕婆喜歡這樹的葉。而其三出葉也剛好象徵濕婆右手所持的聖物,稱為「比那卡」的三叉戟 。

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)

beal fruit

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

beal fruit tag

古樹名木冊 register of old and valuable trees ARCHSD CW/31

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