假蘋婆果 fruit of lance-leaved sterculia

今年的假蘋婆好像開得很燦爛,看得人很開心。

一直有讀到老香港說傳統食材時,總是誇「鳳眼果」,以為那就是假蘋婆的果,幸好最近又讀到資訊知悉鳳眼果來自蘋婆,是真的那種植物。

於是再查究。真和假蘋婆的確蠻相像,果的造型很似,不過要分別還不難。的每個蓇葖果有籽一至三顆,的每個五顆或更多,據《百度百科》說的籽若蠶豆到鴿蛋大,蘋果的則如花生般,所以兩者相差不小。

我還沒有看到蘋婆的真身,以上皆屬紙上談兵。

現在,可做的就是欣賞假蘋婆果。每次看到沒熟的、黃色一梳梳,總覺得這些迷你香蕉很可愛。看到熟透紅澄澄的、爆開的果就更開心,尤其那些黑溜溜的「眼珠」,就會想像這些婆婆裂開口笑,還露出顆顆黑黝黝的蛀牙。

lance-leaved sterculia fruit 2015m3

lance-leaved sterculia fruit 2015 2

the fruit season of lance-leaved sterculia maybe over by now. i took these photos one or two weeks ago,

it is such a joy to see the alien-like fruit.

before ripe, they are like a nicely arranged mini-banana star-shaped installation.

when they mature, the view is pleasing and exhilarating. the skin is gorgeously red. the best part is after they exploded, three or five olive-shaped black pearls dangling from each of the widely open red lips.

this blog feature this plant before. you may find more botanic info of it from my previous post:

早前寫的《假蘋婆 lance-leaved sterculia

lance-leaved sterculia fruit 2015

假蘋婆 lance-leaved sterculia (sterculia lanceolata) – 植物界 plantae kingdom | 被子植物門 magnoliophyta division | 雙子葉植物綱 magnoliopsida class | 錦葵目 malvales order| 梧桐科 sterculiaceae family | 蘋婆屬 sterculia genus | 種:假蘋婆 species : s. lanceolata

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