假鷹爪 eagle’s claw (desmos chinensis)

平日走進郊區,很少會認得這灌木,因為他的型態葉莖一般。但一到花季及果期(容後再追蹤),馬上清晰。

雖然名字很象形具體,但每次看到假鷹爪的花,馬上的聯想,卻是「斯人獨憔悴」,花瓣垂下,形態有種淒美。

假鷹爪是原生植物,也見於華南和東南亞。現在正值花季。初開,柔綠,逐漸轉黃。

eagle's claw flowers 1

this plant is native to hong kong, and can be found in southern china and southeast asia. it is hard to recognize in other times, but when it flowers, you cannot miss it. the english common name tells it all.

eagle’s claw sounds fierce. i however find the blossoms beautiful in a soft way, or rather sad, because of the drooping flower petals. the flowers first come in green, then turn yellow.

the fruit of this plant is even more unforgettable, but let me tell you when the season comes.

eagle's claw flowers 2

假鷹爪 eagle’s claw (desmos chinensis) - kingdom: plantae 植物界 | (unranked): angiosperms | (unranked): magnoliids | order: magnoliales 木蘭目 | family: annonaceae (custard-apple) 番荔枝科 | genus: desmos 假鷹爪屬 | species: d. chinensis 假鷹爪

eagle's claw flowers 3

參考:

  • 又名酒餅葉,葉可製酒餅。
  • 莖:常綠蔓性灌木,小枝綠色,老莖灰白色,有明顯的皮(氣)孔。
  • 葉:單葉互生,薄革質,葉面綠色,富有光澤,闊披針形或長橢圓形,葉端銳,葉基楔形,全緣波狀,葉脈於正面微凹而於背面明顯突起;葉柄粗短、深綠色。
  • 花:花單生,腋出,卵形或是倒卵形,花被兩輪,六瓣,外大內小,綠花沒有香味,轉黃花時就芳香;雄蕊約 150 枚,黃白色,呈覆瓦狀包圍著雌蕊,雌蕊黃色。《認識植物

ref:

  • another common name is chinese desmos
  • desmos chinensis is a flowering plant of the custard-apple family, annonaceae.
  • the yellowish-green flowers are similar to the ylang-ylang flowers, therefore this plant is sometimes known as dwarf ylang-ylang. their smell, however, is much less strong and is only felt in the morning. by midday it has mostly faded away.  wiki
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