樟樹多看 appreciating camphor (cinnamomum camphora)

近日百花盛開,連樟樹都繁花似錦。興起寫寫樟樹的念頭。 覺得樟樹和榕樹是我們這一輩很貼心很有感受的自然之根,因為兩樹都是華南和香港的原生樹,這個城市周圍都可接觸到:榕樹樹牆甚至一些舊樓的牆邊天台在香港,而家裡父母輩和祖父母輩總有個樟木櫳。也因如此「生活」,很多時我們都少了讚賞牠們的存在和價值。這部落開筆多年,就還沒有專題寫過樟樹 (多不該!) camphor is one of the most common and close-to-heart trees in hong kong. common in the sense that it is a native tree, it is in abundance here; even non-nature lovers in particular the less young ones, most likely camphor has a place in their hearts or mind, because the older generations... Continue Reading →

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美利的節果決明 2016 及節果決明新樹點 pink & white shower 2016

原來自2012年開始在這部落追蹤這樹的花期。這是今年的留影。 this blog has been following this pink & white shower at murray building since 2012 (time flies!). this is how it was like a week ago. 節果決明有說源自南亞、夏威夷,香港亞熱帶的氣候,應該適合此。而按《中國高等植物數據庫全庫》資料,此樹分佈於廣州。事實上,卻甚少見于本地。 直至最近,發現在西區中山紀念公園的遊樂施設附近種植有兩、三棵。 美利的節果決明每一開花,盛況空前,對觀察樹的其他細節比較困難。中山公園這裡的樹年輕,不太高,賞花起來很方便。還可留意到花尚在萌芽、花苞待開的情況。也可觀察花盛開時花蕊、花瓣的美麗細緻。 this species is not commonly seen around this city. but lately two, three young planted ones are spotted, at sun yat san memorial park. this... Continue Reading →

黑草 buchnera cruciata

因為自己矮小,容易注意到地面草本,也特別對小不顯眼的這類植物有共鳴。 黑草的名字很老實,指的是植物乾後黑色的狀況。但此草本開花時,卻立體曼妙。 請細意欣賞,那型態彷如形體浮華的當代建築摩天大樓。 參考植物資料,再對比,更覺這「花樓」的有趣美妙:黑草是一年生直立草本。莖纖細,圓柱形,上端略呈四方形。紫花秋末開,兩性,穗状花序,花冠高脚碟狀,密集頂生成四棱柱形。 這植物生於華南,也見於華中及東南亞。 flowers and tree always catch people's attention, while herbaceous are relatively being ignored. i however love appreciating and studying many of these little plants, because they really have distinctive features and characters. think about trees, many of them resemble some others, but if you look with just some attention of... Continue Reading →

三月苦楝 china berry flowers

三月苦楝(戀),很有意象。乍暖還寒,那淡紫,曖昧,懸念。 spring colours can be exhilarating. china berry is different. the lilac petals, the blossoms clusters and the fragrance form an aura like a dream. 樹可長到十米,較少機會近距離欣賞苦楝的花。從前,在這時節,經過郊野或者公園,遇到高園樹冠呈現一片紫霧,馬上被攝住。走近,去呼吸隱浮空氣中的幽香,同時忍不住輕撫樹幹深刻縱裂的皮痕。 (原來楝科就是我認識的 mahogany 紅木科。中國傢俱有所謂紅木傢俱,素材就是這家族的木。) the tree is so recognizable during the flowering and fruiting season. each flower has five petals in lilac, the violet tube in the heart of each... Continue Reading →

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