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.
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