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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銀樺與紅花銀樺 silky oak and red silky oak

這陣子兩種銀樺均在爆發。實在覺得她們的花朵和果實色彩和型態很吸引。 這兩個近親原籍澳洲。銀樺原生昆士蘭及新南威爾斯等地區,而紅花銀樺原產地就是昆士蘭,大概因此又稱昆士蘭銀樺。 兩者都是引入品種,銀樺該比較長時間了,所以較多見,也會發現接近野生型態的。銀樺與紅花銀樺也有大小的差別,後者屬大型灌木,前者則是高大的喬木。 have spotted the two silky oaks booming lately. the silky oak and red silky oak are both australian natives. perhaps the latter specifically originated from queensland, it also has a chinese common name queensland silky oak. we see silky oak more in hong kong, so i am making the assumption that it... Continue Reading →

紫色的嫩芽 – 木荷 chinese guger-tree’s (schima superba) unique purple sprout

感覺魔幻的色彩,讓那個常陰時雨的早上在香港仔水塘的行程,灰暗全消。 紫色的幼枝,跟成樹後面貌不一樣。 其實木荷是本土樹,屬常綠喬木,樹冠濃茂。單葉互生,革質,無毛,橢圓或矩圓狀,邊緣有鈍鋸齒,中脈葉背隆起。 初夏開花,具芳香,白花黃蕊,近大頭茶模樣但較小型。果期秋後,圓形蒴果,木質五裂。 the purplish blue plays magic. it was a drizzling morning at aberdeen country park. but once i spotted this young plant, the world light up. this native plant when mature does not bear any resemblance of what we are seeing now. chinese guger-tree or schima is from the tea family, or... Continue Reading →

非尋常之春紅 – 大葉欖仁、大花紫薇、楓香 unusual spring colours – bangal almond, queen crape myrtle and sweet gum

2016 年本部落沒有寫「冬紅」,今冬特暖,落葉樹木週期紊亂。立春多日,到了二月下旬,楓香、大花紫薇、大葉欖仁落紅之象方定。 是因為天氣太暖和嗎?抑或植物也覺時季錯亂,遂施展渾身解數,以更艷麗色彩補償,今年遲來的冬紅更濃稠。很美,卻美得令人心亂。 this blog hasn’t featured any winter colour this past season. the reason is that we have experienced one of the warmest winters in history. deciduous trees did not shed leaves as their biological clocks were messed up. spring has come long, and some of these trees are finally changing colours lately. is... Continue Reading →

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