糖膠樹的花和葉 flowers and leaves of devil tree (alstonia scholaris)

雖然寫過此植物,但最近在公園看到她花初開的模樣,又忍不住拍照並想分享,因為覺得這植物的花的形態很吸引,漂亮卻跟平常的花朵不一樣 (應該受到她英文名字「魔鬼樹」的影響)。然後再留意其葉,其鮮明的造型又覺得值得寫一下。 feature this plant before, but few days ago saw this tree started blooming. few young flowers and more flower buds busily gathering at the branch tips are delivering pretty and attractive imagery. and then the leave pattern also caught my attention.  於是找來《中國植物誌》的描述,配合前幾天拍下的花姿和葉姿。 to give much credible description, quoting from australian tropical rainforest plants website... Continue Reading →

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金杯藤 cup of gold (solandra maxima)

這植物來自中南美,人和自然的性味原來真的緊扣,金杯藤同樣發放美洲人的熱情奔放。 木質藤本,藤莖粗大纏繞盤伸,具蒼勁毛筆字的勁道。葉深綠亮澤,長橢圓形,互生。 最不得了的是那金杯大花。這相片可證明,一天經過堅道,明明人在對面馬路,遙遙就見到堅道花園黃燦燦的金杯! (堅道花園  caine road park) 金杯藤花最初是淡黃色,盛放後變金黃。芬芳。有雄蕊五枚;花冠五淺裂,每裂片中間有紫褐色紋理。 金杯藤近年開始普及種植公園,但植物有毒性。 endemic to central america, this vigorous woody vine is also known as hawaiian lily. cup of gold bores thick stemmed liana, quite big and leathery green leaves and large chalice-shaped yellow flowers. the flowers start out yellow and turn deeper golden as they age. they are fragrant,... Continue Reading →

苦楝處處 china berry trees bloom time

「三月苦戀,四月相思」,這是學植物賞樹者很上心頭也常引的一句語。說的是樹種的花季,苦楝開花後相思隨之,卻有種哀怨浪漫的聯想。 這星期天色陰暗,少了陽光,苦楝的花色中的紫透不出光彩,濃密的花叢看似蒼灰,似乎更呼應上述的情懷。 近日穿梭長沙灣,發現這個老舊社區中公園以至行道樹有很多壯大的苦楝。 每遇一棵,禁不住站在樹下,細意端視每顆花帶出的紫霞。然後走離不遠,再呼吸空氣中飄蕩的花香;苦楝開花可以濃得不可以,花薰太近或感有點嗆,走遠一點,有了距離就美。 chinaberry is common in this city and now is the high time of its blossoms. the flowers are very pretty but the colour is less fleshy and the fact that they are tiny and always come in quantity may blur the prettiness when looking the tree by far. yet you cannot... Continue Reading →

合歡 - 紅與黃 red and yellow albizzia in summer

最近走在山邊路上以及公園,不時看到毛茸茸的花朵,有黃有紅。黃的是大葉合歡,紅的是合歡。 兩者是香港常見樹木,原生於東南亞以及華南。 兩花的形態是毛絨的,但予人感覺並非可愛,而是清麗。 these days walking along hillside and green areas, sometimes in parks, there are quite many red and yellow fluffs blossoming on tree tops, adding some tenderness and senses of romanticism to summer. both are from the pea family and mimosa genus and are natives to south-east asia and southern china. 紅的,可能讓人聯想到紅絨球那灌木,但合歡的紅花,花絲纖纖,色較淡,不似紅絨球的濃妝。 《中文百科在線》寫合歡樹寫得很美,節錄:合歡樹,花美,形似絨球,清香襲人;葉奇,日落而合,日出而開,給人以友好之象征。落葉喬木,傘形樹冠。葉互生,傘房狀花序,雄蕊花絲猶如縷狀,半白半紅,故有“馬纓花”、“絨花”之稱。... Continue Reading →

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