island mahonia blossoms in winter. this is a gardening plant at the botanic gardens in central. the yellow blooms are an extravaganza.
you can find this plant in the wild on lantau island. it is native to southern china including hong kong. it is now listed as ‘vulnerable’.
the chinese common name is intriguing – island ten big accomplishment. according to a chinese medicine doctor in hong kong interviewed by apple daily years back, the word “island” probably refer to hong kong; as the name probably could be traced back to 100 years ago or more, hong kong was then an unknown island, thus the first part of the name. meanwhile, the 10 big accomplishments refer to the number of medicine values of the plant.
quoting from wiki, here are the features of the plant – mahonia oiwakensis is a shrub or tree. leaves are up to 45 cm long, compound with 12-20 pairs of leaflets plus a larger terminal one, dark green above, yellow-green below. inflorescence is a fascicled raceme up to 25 cm long. berries are egg-shaped, dark blue, sometimes almost black, up to 8 mm long.
海島十大功勞 island mahonia (mahonia oiwakensis) – 易危 vulnerable (iucn 2.3) – 植物界 plantae kingdom | (unranked): angiosperms / 被子植物門 magnoliophyta phylum | (unranked): eudicots / 雙子葉植物綱 magnoliopsida class | 毛茛目 ranunculales order | 小檗科 berberidaceae family | 十大功勞屬 mahonia genius | 種 species: 阿里山十大功勞 m. oiwakensis (source: wiki)
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