山猪菜/傘花茉欒藤 hogvine (merremia umbellata)

上個月寫過紫色的牽牛朋友,這次有他白色的遠房親戚;同屬旋花科,前者是番薯屬,與牽牛同屬,本文主角則是魚黃草屬。 這白花植物,較草根的名字有「山猪菜」《海南植物志》,無巧不成話,與英文俗名 hogvine 相近。而《廣州植物志》以「傘花茉欒藤」記錄。 值得指出的是,查究中國的植物資料庫,都說這廣東原生植物是草本,只是型態纏繞或平卧,但英語網站則多指她是攀緣植物。 節引《中國植物誌》的描述:『葉形及大小有變化,卵形、卵狀長圓形或長圓狀披針形。葉柄長短不一。聚繖花序腋生,具少花或多花,呈繖形,花序梗長,花冠白色,有時黃色或淡紅色,漏斗狀,瓣中帶明顯具5脈,冠簷淺5裂;雄蕊內藏,花藥不扭轉。』  最愛那黃色花脈如海星般緊刻在柔薄的白色如紙的花瓣上。  近期在一些荒靜的斜坡、草坡都見其影蹤。這些照片是月初在饒宗頤文化館拍攝的。 a while ago wrote about some blue and violet flowers. among which there was the little bell or the three-lobe morning-glory. the flowering plant featuring right here is a relative. both are under the family of convolvulaceae. the purple one is of the genus of ipomoea, and... Continue Reading →

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藍紫色小野花 blue & purple flowers in autumn

進入深秋,卻見花開處處,無獨有偶來自相近色調,藍與紫。幾種這一兩星期遇到的開花植物:印度百花菜、三裂葉牽牛、耳葉鴨跖草、麥門冬。 according to the chinese lunar calendar, it is already deep autumn. yet flowers are blooming away everywhere. featuring below are some blue and purple flowering plants i saw in these few weeks.  一個市區但幽靜的小斜坡,看到兩種植物纏繞共榮。兩者均一年生,生藍花與紫花。on a small slope in a quiet corner of a suburban area, spotted these two procumbent and climbing plants entangled and blossoming.... Continue Reading →

東平洲自然人文雜錄 tung ping chau may 7 2017

五月初去了一趟東平洲。一個島嶼,滿是寶藏,由最招牌的岩石地貌,到假日遊人如鯽與荒廢民居的對比,還有豐盛的海岸岩岸生境 ...... 簡單的筆記/圖片紀錄: tung ping chau, an island at the very north-east corner of hong kong. it is a treasure island, full of rock wonders and creatures. hope that the increasing number of visitors are not upsetting the nature there. here is a rough record of things i saw in a trip there early may.... Continue Reading →

酸葉膠藤的花 flowers of sour creeper (urceola rosea/ecdysanthera rosea)

幾年前寫過此木質攀藤,因為在濕地公園多番看到它可愛的果實。 猜不到原來自己日常經過的地區都有她的蹤跡。 酸葉膠藤是香港原生也普遍。 這陣子,在些山頭綠坡,看到一雲粉紅花霧,很大機會就是她。 酸葉膠藤開花熱熱鬧鬧,小小的粉紅花冠成圓錐花序。花期就在此時即初夏。 lately i have been drawn by the pink mist of flowers along road sides and slopes of victoria road. it was a pleasant surprise to find out that i actually knew this plant before, but the imagery is so different that i did not connect. i saw this woody climber... Continue Reading →

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