炮仗花 fire-cracker vine/flamevine (pyrostegia venusta)

過年遇著炮仗花,就是喜慶,不得不立文特表。此花常見,也就更要多認識。 此花原生於南美,但經已廣泛成為花園種植品種。 來到了亞洲中國人的地方,更被擁護為喜氣的象徵。事實是,春夏之間,此藤本植物一到花期,真的嘩啦嘩啦一發不可收拾地盛放,攀滿園地山坡。 觀其細節,深綠葉對生,部分葉會發展成三叉卷鬚。花筒橙紅色,橙黃花柱與花絲伸出。花絲絲狀,花藥叉開。花柱柱頭舌狀扁平。 flame vine or more commonly known in hong kong as fire-cracker vine is a south amercian native. this species however now is generally a garden species. in hong kong as well as being used in gardening, very often you see them in the wild. it was chinese new year holiday and... Continue Reading →

路邊牡荊/黃荊 chinese chaste tree along roadsides

之前遇到的牡荊是一棵樹,高大,賞花要仰望。 最近在山邊路旁看到盈盈嫩綠葉叢當中,冒起淺紫美美伸展花串,覺得眼熟。拍照,回來查究,原來是同一植物。 看似草本的黃荊,成熟後是灌木或小喬木。植物的花玲瓏巧美,近看那密被細毛還像流蘇的舞衣。 this plant is blossoming away along roadside and hillside under hot bright summer sun. the bluish violet flower panicles look like small dancing fairies in tutu. it looks like a herbivore. this is actually a shrub or small tree i wrote here before. the low-lying posture deceives me while allowing me to... Continue Reading →

藍楹紅影 the blue and red of early summer

每年都會追逐兩樹的花季,今年在五月遇到藍花楹和影樹(鳳凰木) 花季交疊。她們的花期相近,暫且不跳進氣候紊亂的懷疑。 every year i chase the flower seasons of jacaranda and flame of the forest. this year seems to be the first the two are overlapping. for now i’d prefer not to jump into blaming climate change as the two flowering seasons are in fact quite close to each other. 香港大學荷花池附近的藍花楹開花不盛,只是寥落的藍花。有點失意。 the jacaranda not... Continue Reading →

小花十萬錯 chinese violet (asystasia gangetica ssp. micrantha)

有些植物的名字就是引人入勝,如曾寫過的《海島十大功勞 island mahonia (mahonia oiwakensis) 》;這次就來個大反差,由偉大下降至卑微,了解一下「小花十萬錯」。 也請容許我借花寄意,昨日經歷區議會選舉,自己屬意的候選議員落敗,意難平。 透過《柴娃娃旅行隊》網站介紹 ,讀到《馬灣千樹誌 tree blossom》 推敲「小花十萬錯」的名字的來由,頗有趣。 這多年生草本原生於非洲。植物雖小,但有不少容易認辨的特徵。她的莖呈四棱,總狀花序,花由底部開起。花冠管狀,白色,五裂,最下瓣中央有一片紫斑。蒴果長圓形。 如果大家是低頭族,請善用你的處境,多留意腳邊的小植物,小花十萬錯可能就在眼下。   chinese violet is native to africa but you can easily find it in the wild of south east asia including hong kong. according to flora of zimbabwe, subspecies gangetica occurs in tropical asia and the pacific. it is a slightly... Continue Reading →

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