貝澳 - 水牛家園及多樣自然生境 pui o, home of many buffalo and a land of great bio-diversity

跟大嶼山不少地方一樣,貝澳從前是種稻米的。耕田就需要牛。於是農民遠道從元朗引入牛隻。也跟大嶼山其他地方一樣,因為建造水塘,原來惠澤農田的天然水源都受人為干擾劫亂了,農民開始棄耕,加上經濟轉型,最後農業枯廢了。 農地丟廢了,對環境生態本有著危機。因為農地無人疏水,大雨可能引發氾濫,然後周圍就會給比較霸道的植物佔領,形成單調的生態。 pui o used to be a thriving village town on the lantau island. there used to be many paddy rice fields here. and buffalos were bought all the way from yuen long to here for farming. but as time changed, economic pattern switched, city life grew, and one lethal injection to farming here... Continue Reading →

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夏之草 summer grass 2017 -孟仁草/刺虎尾草/紅拂草 swollen fingergrass (chloris barbata)

草,千姿百態,很多別具造型,一看就可分認。 就如她。喜愛台灣對她的稱呼 - 紅拂草。 造型馬上出來。那雲紅拂是草的花。 對,草是有花的。整株植物如一隻手臂,手掌就是花,總狀花序 四至九個,指狀排列,花紫紅色。 i adore this plant. it always seem to offer its little hand to me, waiting i to shake back. this annual herbaceous is common in tropical and warm areas and is widespread in weedy or disturbed places. It is tolerant of high salt concentrations. the finger-like racemes are... Continue Reading →

夏之草 summer grass 2017 – 紅毛草 natal grass (melinis repens)

印象中紅毛草屬於秋天的,因為乾燥的氣候中,秋天就該有那景象,隨風擺蕩的紅毛花穗。 但紅毛草是多年生草本,在一條自己每日走過的道路,而這路平常路人不多,因為環境沒有受到干擾,草一直欣欣向榮。 可能因為濕度高,紅毛草有花,不過色彩比較柔和,由粉白到粉紅,沒有秋天的銳利近乎金屬的紅光。 輯述台灣《認識植物》的資料: 草 - 高可達 120 公分,全株有毛。紅毛草的稈直立,地下根莖粗短,節間有瘤毛,節上有柔毛。葉片長,葉鞘鬆散,葉舌有一圈長柔毛。 花 - 圓錐花序,雌雄同株,花序分枝纖細,小穗柄纖細彎曲,頂端稍膨大,疏生長柔毛;小穗常被粉紅色絹毛。 果 - 穎果,長橢圓形。 this is an autumn plant. but as it is perennial and this group of buddies rooted on a road i walk by every working day. i can see the summer face of this plant. my estimation is that even though... Continue Reading →

夏之草 2017 – 小飛揚/千根草 summer grass 2017 – thyme-leaved spurge (euphorbia thymifolia)

這陣子經常大雨,繼而放晴灼熱,造就空曠少人的路上山邊,小草野花欣欣向榮。希望盡量多寫幾個品種。 先由他開始。 很喜歡這草本擺出的方陣,扁平地佈置出圖形和指向。而且不甘於小草就是綠綠棕啡,莖呈粉紅色。 細看,小橢圓形樹葉互生,而葉腋已經爆發花朵。 這是香港原生的草本,亦見於熱帶地方,並常見於亞洲藥療。 this summer is so wet and intercut with tremendous heat and sunshine. such weather nourish herbs and wildflowers blooming away on road and hill sides. aiming to feature a number of them in following days. our first star is thyme-leaved spurge. the reason to feature this herb first is loving... Continue Reading →

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