洋吊鐘 chandelier plant (bryophyllum tubiflora)

三月中,在華富邨路旁一個水泥坡,驚艷。

一方牆攀滿榕樹根,坡頂長了多束的洋吊鐘。那種澎拜的生命力,美麗的感動。

洋吊鐘與落地生根是非常近親-景天科落地生根屬-葉邊有圓齒,會長芽,芽落地又成新植物,是以落地生根之名。

在網絡上找尋一陣子,香港有關洋吊鐘的資料極少,由台灣和中國網站歸納所得,洋吊鐘葉和花比較修長,落地生根葉較寬大花的鐘狀也較圓渾。在香港行山不時在一些鄉村看到落地生根,植物都生長在平整的土地上。這次在華富一水泥土坡頂遇到,感覺相熟,但又看似不同。回想起來,也曾在石硤尾的屋邨土坡看過這生命力富強的草本植物。

洋吊鐘的花期大概到尾聲了。前兩天再經過相同地點。花色已經沉下來了。

plant wall wah fu

mid march, a wonderful plant life encounter at an unexpected location – a concrete slope at wah fu estate, on the south side of hong kong island.

it is stunning. a square of concret slope out of the blue sprawls vibrantly with roots of chinese banyan trees; and when you look up, bunches of red florets dancing and cheering with greyish-green fleshy leaves and stems.

on second thought, i shouldn’t be that surprised … hong kong nutures many plants inside our concrete jungle, “stone wall tree” is one of the biggest wonders for one.

thanks to sylvia midgett for the hint.. after some more research i now knew that the succulent plant with selmon blossoms is chandelier plant (bryophyllum tubiflora), a very close family member of air plant (bryophyllum pinnatum). both are natives to madagascar, but now commonly seen in hong kong and other parts of the world. one of the characteristics of bryophyllum genus under the crassulaceae family is that young plantlets are formed along the tips of leaves in special notches and easy propagation there onwards.

what are the differences between the two then. chandelier is slender-looking, while air plant’s leaves are broad. flowers of the former are salmon or red in colour and are borne in dense clusters at the top of its stems, whereas the former flowers are pink in colour and borne in branched clusters at the top of its stems.

chandelier plant mar15

洋吊鐘 chandelier plant (bryophyllum tubiflora) – 植物界 plantae kingdom | 木蘭植物門 magnoliophyta division | 木蘭綱 magnoliopsida class | 薔薇目 rosales order  | 景天科 crassulaceae family | 落地生根屬 bryophyllum genus | spices: 洋吊鐘 b. tubiflora   維基

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