絲木綿的果和絲 the fruit of floss silk tree (ceiba speciosa)

第四次絲木棉的專文,這次是此植物的全新角度,賞樹看到不同階段,是幸福的。 之前幾次都在說花,搶眼花俏。而絲木綿果實的觀相,讓我意外地憐愛。 另外,也加一筆有關此落葉樹的植物分類更新。 在城市內熟悉的幾棵標誌性絲木棉,均高大昂藏,一切觀察盡是遠距離的。有幸,居住不遠有個地方,幾年前新種植一些絲木綿,給與我較方便的觀察。 wrote about floss silk tree before, but this is a brand new angle on the plant. not about the flashy and attractive flowers any more, we are looking at its fruit this time. personally found the fruit and its content adorable almost like some cute animation characters. at the end of... Continue Reading →

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rapsberry! 樂是啤梨! ~正名茅莓 rubus parvifolius

近一個星期,在家不遠一道斜坡草叢發現 rapsberry 樂是啤梨,忍不住每天去看,每天拍照。 一直以為 raspberry 是很外國的果子,經翻查資料,才知道這品種「茅莓」,是東亞及大洋洲原生的。 for the past few days, i can’t help walking up the hill not too far from home and check out those adorable ruby-like fruit ripening away along a grassy shrubby slope.  坊間一般稱這為紅桑子,我卻喜歡以士多啤梨的翻譯邏輯稱之為「樂是啤梨」。 據中國的網站資料,此攀爬灌木別名有紅梅消、茅莓懸鉤子、蛇泡簕等。一提,蛇泡簕在香港的植物詞彙指另一同屬植物 rubus reflexus。 百度上資料指植物果期為7、8月。不肯定是南北地域差別,還是氣候影響,這些果子在4月底便開始出現了。 i thought raspberry is a very western fruit. the fact is that there... Continue Reading →

相思三種 three acacias

人要相思,可以不論何時何地。賞植物相思的花,如今則是時候。 近這十數天,在每天經過的路段,看到三個相思品種皆在開花。傳統概念,台灣相思在春秋開花,而大葉和耳果則在九、十月,今年熱的日子長了,現在已經是十一月了。 先此聲明,說相思,植物的真葉(羽狀複葉),只在幼苗時出現,成長後真葉消失,大家看著滿樹的,其實是葉形的葉柄,或所謂葉柄演化成的假葉。不過為了便捷,下面寫的「葉」實是假葉。 這裡將三種相思樹放在一起,除了賞花,也可觀察三者的異與同,譬如葉和果。 acacia is not native to hong kong but we have many of them around us. they were introduced post wwii for forest plantation. acacia has a very romantic chinese common name - love sickness. not sure why. but enjoy the irrelevant and emotional connection to the species. it happens that these... Continue Reading →

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