春夏紅葉賞 – 菩提榕 peepul tree (ficus religiosa) in early summer

有關大自然的奧妙如宇宙銀河的星數。

葉的紅,馬上讓我們想到秋冬葉落生命終結時。然而,植物生命,很多時也從紅葉開始。原因是葉綠素需時間累積,新生的葉有時來不及綠。

菩提榕在新葉季節,那粉黛幼嫩的美尤其吸引。先是色彩,接著,精緻的葉形,還有優美的樹形。

菩提榕枝葉扶疏,盈盈豐茂,予人寬廣的氣度。

菩提榕的葉片近心形,有修長滴水葉尖,葉脈明晰。

加上傳說佛祖七年冥思在此樹下悟道的。靜靜欣賞菩提榕的片片葉,感覺好寧謐剔透。

hongkongers have made the habit of chasing red leaves in the autumn in recent years. i wonder when will people start chasing new leaves in early summer.

nature is full of wonder. tree leaves turn red before they fall in cold/dry season. and, many trees give red or pink new leaves too. that is because the colour green comes from chlorophyll in the plant molecules and it does not exist right from birth to some plants. it needs time to grow.

peepal tree gives a soothing pink during new leaf season. its tree crown is majestic. its leaves are delicate and elegant in its shape and vein. the drip tip gives a perfect ending note to each blade of leaf.

the tree is sacred to buddhist as the buddha attained enlightenment under this tree. one phenomenon of this tree worth noting, quote from wikipedia:

the leaves of this tree move continuously even when the air around is still and no perceptible wind is blowing. this phenomenon can be explained due to the long leaf stalk and the broad leaf structure. however, religious minded people in hindu/buddhist religion attribute this movement of the leaves to the fact that “devas” or “gods” reside on these leaves and make it move continuously.

沙灣徑上一棵菩提榕。2016.5.12. a peepal tree on sha wan drive. peepul 12may2016

近看菩提榕美麗的葉片。a close up to the beautiful peepal leaves. peepul pink leaves may2016

同一棵菩提榕。2016.5.25 the pink gave way to green peepul 25may2016

菩提榕  peepal tree (ficus religiosa) – kingdom: plantae 植物界 | (unranked): angiosperms | (unranked): eudicots | (unranked): rosids | order: rosales 薔薇目 | family: moraceae 桑科 | genus: ficus 榕屬 | species: f. religiosa 菩提樹

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