紅絨球三態 three stages of red powder-puff (calliandra haematocephala)

「睇戲睇全套」,放諸欣賞自然亦然。我愛賞花,但覺花衰落英,也有美態。除了感性的收穫,也有現實觀察的好處。

people in general love plants when they flower, but there are beauties of the blooms in different stages. check out red powder-puff in prime fluffy stage and after.

powder puff mar2016 a powder puff mar2016 b powder puff mar2016 c

我愛叫朱纓花「毛毛球」。現實是植物的花瓣退化,「毛毛」都是花蕊密聚成圓形花冠。

紅絨球開花時有如玩具般可愛,最搶眼球;但植物其他部分也奪目。請將視線放到葉片上,是否非常標緻?二回偶數羽狀複葉,葉質薄,每對葉有如英文標點的開關引號,葉基緊連。新葉紅紫褐色,及後轉綠。「好戲在後頭」,這些葉片有作息時間,午後挨近黃昏葉片會閉合,到明日再「開工」。

powder-puff’s latin name is calliandra haematocephala. calliandra comes from the greek words kallos meaning beauty and andros meaning stamen. this spells that powder-puff blooms are built by many of these red stamen rather than petals.

powder puff is really showy in its ‘flower’. i need to point out that the plant’s leaves are very pretty and interesting as well. take a closer look. the leaves are very disciplined in coordination and shapes. each pair of the bipinnately compound leaves remind me a perfect pair open and close quotation mark tightly joined together. what adds to the fun is that they go to sleep every late afternoon and then open up again the next day.

 

紅絨球/朱纓花 red powder-puff (calliandra haematocephala) – plantae kingdom 植物界 | (unranked): angiosperms  被子植物門 | (unranked): eudicots | (unranked): rosids | order: fabales 豆目 | family: mimosaceae 含羞草科 | genus: calliandra 朱纓花屬 | species: haematocephala 朱纓花種  source: davesgarden.com

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