靈芝草 white crane flower (rhinacanthus nasuta)

此植物原生南亞,中國和香港也生。應該不難遇到,但到最近才真正認識靈芝草。

她有不少別名,如仙鶴草、白鶴靈芝草。這多年生的草本或亞灌木,真身如其名,有點仙氣,花的形態猶如白鶴振飛。

葉對生,卵形、橢圓形或長圓披針形,有短柄。花單生或兩三朵排成小聚繖花序,花冠管延長,二唇形,白色,花萼內外均披茸毛。蒴果長橢圓形,種子四枚或少數。

this plant is native to hong kong, as well as in southern asia. it is commonly known as snake jasmine there. the plant is known to the indian and chinese as a useful remedy for ringworm and other skin affections.  its blossoms as the chinese common name suggests are like white cranes extending their rings. It is a slender, erect, branched, somewhat hairy shrub. The inflorescence is a spreading, leafy, hairy panicle with the flowers usually in clusters. The flowers is 2-lipped; the upper lip is white, erect, oblong or lacelike, 2-toothed at the apex, and the lower lip is broadly obovate, 3-lobed, and white, with a few, minute, brownish dots near the base. The fruit (capsule) is club-shaped and contains 4 seeds.

white crane flower

靈芝草 white crane flower (rhinacanthus nasuta) – kingdom: plantae 植物界 | (unranked): angiosperms | (unranked): eudicots | (unranked): asterids | order: lamiales 唇形目 | family: acanthaceae 爵床科 | subfamily: acanthoideae | genus: rhinacanthus 靈芝草屬 | species 種: r. nasutus 靈芝草

white crane flower tag

參考:《百度百科》; flowers of india

 

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