比蒙藤 / 清明花 herald’s trumpet / easter lily vine (beaumontia grandiflora)

兵頭花園有多個入口,各有風光。上亞厘畢道向著禮賓府的大門,麻石柱石樓梯,還有褪色的公園名字 old botanic gardens,都是活生生的珍貴古蹟,見證著這裡幾近個半世紀的歷史。 入口兩旁近年設置長椅供人觀景休息。座位後方是植披斜坡,生氣豐盈,鐵圍欄幾被遮蓋。 右邊一方,攀援架被比蒙藤征服。 二月底,遇到花期初展。 她的花實在太吸睛。再看看植物其他部分,一派強悍,還以為是來自南美的。 原來,此木質攀援植物來自亞洲,原生南亞,並見於中國包括廣東、雲南等地。 因為美麗奪目的花朵,園藝界喜愛栽種,目前已見於世界各地。 此大藤本中國常用名是清明花。我們所用的「比蒙」相信是譯自拉丁名字。 折錄百度百科的描述:「莖有皮孔。卵形葉對生,側脈明顯。聚傘花序頂生;花冠5裂片;花大,漏斗形,白色,有香氣。蓇葖果形狀多變。」 如此壯觀的花朵,文字不如真相。 不知你會否有同感,那斗大百合般青白的花冠,猶如天使與魔鬼的混合體。  the zoological & botanical gardens, which i always refer as the “botanic gardens” here, is one place i frequent when i want some green fix in town. it is the variety of plants and the age of the trees plus the... Continue Reading →

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香港墳場的雞蛋花樹 plumeria at hong kong cemetery

隔一陣子就忍不住往香港墳場走走,香港有不少古樹綠地、歷史寶地,但兩者兼備,最重要的是這裡是香港城中少有寧謐清淨之境。 對香港墳場如此上癮,因為貪心,每次探訪,忙碌吸收自 19 世紀積存下來漂浮空氣中的歷史,昂首賞識參天古樹,低頭注目攀附地下石面的小草苔蘚,還會盡量放輕腳步,好得觀察以此為家或暫居地的鳥和蟲。 這個部落不下一次的墳場賞自然紀錄(文末下有前文連結),這次想寫寫場內的雞蛋花,因為她們讓墳場增添美意。 這位處跑馬地的香港重要地標,擁有多量的樹木、植物,雞蛋花在不同的角落都見影蹤。 if you are a follower of this blog, you might sense that i visit hong kong cemetery from time to time. i adore and cherish this 170-year old valuable monument for many reasons - even though a cemetery is for the death, this is a place best keeping the... Continue Reading →

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 →

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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