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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九龍公園植物筆記 2016.5.29 kowloon park plant notes

這次筆記可能零碎一些,但重點在品種特別是植物的科的特色。 these notes may appear quite random but try to name characteris of the family and the species. ♦♦ + 黃槐 sunshine tree (senna sulfurea) - 蘇木科 caesalpinioideae family # 蘇木科 caesalpinioideae family - 第一和第二葉軸上有腺點。leaves usually paripinnate or binary; raceme inflorescence.      ~ 葉軸 (參考: 香港家育城) ♦♦ + 蜘蛛抱蛋 common aspidistra (aspidistra elatior) - 百合科... Continue Reading →

烏墨 jambolan plum (syzygium cumini)

前兩天經過九龍公園,散步曬太陽賞樹,突然在樹籬迷宮側的樹坡看到一個樹牌 「烏墨」 馬上神思飄然,像聞到一陣墨香,又似感受到一個大俠佛然轉身一股風影。 烏墨是常綠喬木,原生於東南亞和南亞。 烏墨較日常的名字叫海南蒲桃,與蒲桃、蓮霧是近親。 當果期來時,烏紫色的果子跌滿一地。很多人會覺得一片狼藉,我卻很欣賞大樹為地面來個潑墨揮筆,不負「烏墨」這名字。 這次未逢果熟時節,細細觀察,看到花和初果。 兩年前記述九龍公園另一角落《海南蒲桃 jambu》,時為九月初,已經果實纍纍,還有果子墜地後的香美圖。加一註,果子雖然多汁,但不是漿果而是核果。 two days back i happened to pass by tsim sha tsui, so i spent extra minutes to check out the century-old chinese banyan along nathan road. couldn’t help worrying these nature treasures of our city are ailing and soon to leave us. sign. then i route... Continue Reading →

筆管榕/雀榕 japanese superb fig (ficus superba var. japonica)

果(花-隱頭花序)期遇到筆管榕,讓人心花怒放。因為這樹一打果,絕不含蓄,一定果實纍纍。 筆管榕果,有短柄,結在樹幹上,雌雄同株。圓形的果有白斑,成熟轉為粉紅或紫紅,很受雀鳥歡迎,所以樹也稱雀榕。 至於筆管由來,《百度百科》說:「每年的四月份換葉,筆管粗的枝條頭部長著紅色的葉苞,如蘸著朱丹的毛筆」。此外,「因其葉是治療油漆和漆樹汁過敏症的良藥,別名『漆娘舅』。」 it is a happy scene during japanese superb figs flowering/fruiting. abundant small spherical “fruit” flourish along the stem and main branches. in case you are not familiar, fig’s inflorescence is hypanthodium, meaning flowers are grown and hidden in spherical receptacles that developed into fruit after fertilization. the fruit has white spots and... Continue Reading →

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