烏墨 jambolan plum (syzygium cumini)

前兩天經過九龍公園,散步曬太陽賞樹,突然在樹籬迷宮側的樹坡看到一個樹牌

「烏墨」

馬上神思飄然,像聞到一陣墨香,又似感受到一個大俠佛然轉身一股風影。

jambolan plum aug15 tag

烏墨是常綠喬木,原生於東南亞和南亞。

烏墨較日常的名字叫海南蒲桃,與蒲桃、蓮霧是近親。

當果期來時,烏紫色的果子跌滿一地。很多人會覺得一片狼藉,我卻很欣賞大樹為地面來個潑墨揮筆,不負「烏墨」這名字。

這次未逢果熟時節,細細觀察,看到花和初果。

兩年前記述九龍公園另一角落《海南蒲桃 jambu》,時為九月初,已經果實纍纍,還有果子墜地後的香美圖。加一註,果子雖然多汁,但不是漿果而是核果。

two days back i happened to pass by tsim sha tsui, so i spent extra minutes to check out the century-old chinese banyan along nathan road. couldn’t help worrying these nature treasures of our city are ailing and soon to leave us.

sign.

then i route to kowloon park. while i was enjoying a stroll under the hot sunlight, i spotted an old and valuable tree tag nearby the maze. i realized the existence of an old & valuable tree here before, but the tag was invisible in the past due to the dense shrubs around. finally i saw it this time.

jambolan plum is a slow-growing evergreen tree and quite common in this city as the species is native to southeast asia and india. leaves are leathery with yellow midrib. we can see the early fruit now.

jambolan plum aug15 fruit

check out the high fruit season of jambolan plum from this blog《海南蒲桃 jambu》posted two years ago.

jambolan plum aug15 tree

烏墨/海南蒲桃 jambolan plum/ jambu (syzygium cumini) – 植物界 plantae | (unranked) : angiosperms /被子植物門 magnoliophyta | (unranked) : eudicots /雙子葉植物綱 magnoliopsida | (unranked) : rosids | order: myrtales 桃金孃目 | family: myrtaceae 桃金孃科 | genus: syzygium 蒲桃屬 | species 種: s. cumini 烏墨   wiki

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