大花老鴉咀 large flowered thunbergia / blue skyflower (thunbergia grandiflora)

自己是市區人,有點愧疚,最初認識此花是在兵頭花園 (動植物公園)。嬌美茂盛的花朵,見於園內栽種園圃的矮小植物,不覺此是藤蔓植物。 後知後覺地,今年第一次欣賞到野外花盛狀況,才真正感受此植物的特性。 此常綠藤本原生於南亞及中國。全年開花,但以夏秋最盛。 大埔滘郊野公園山谷間,藍紫色瀑布漫山傾瀉,美極。 總狀花序,懸垂性,大花呈唇狀;花冠藍紫色,喉部淺黃色。按《樹木谷》所指,「大花老鴉嘴」名稱前半描述其花,後半比擬其果;果熟轉黑、張口。葉厚對生,葉形多樣,心型至卵形。 this vine is easy and pretty. it blooms in the tropic all year round. it is native to south asia, including bengal and india; as well as to china. for us the flowering seasons come spring and autumn. two of its chinese common names start with “large flowered”. that... 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 →

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 →

靈芝草 white crane flower (rhinacanthus nasuta)

此植物原生南亞,中國和香港也生。應該不難遇到,但到最近才真正認識靈芝草。 她有不少別名,如仙鶴草、白鶴靈芝草。這多年生的草本或亞灌木,真身如其名,有點仙氣,花的形態猶如白鶴振飛。 葉對生,卵形、橢圓形或長圓披針形,有短柄。花單生或兩三朵排成小聚繖花序,花冠管延長,二唇形,白色,花萼內外均披茸毛。蒴果長橢圓形,種子四枚或少數。 this plant is native to hong kong, as well as in southern asia. it is commonly known as snake jasmine there. the plant is known to the indian and chinese as a useful remedy for ringworm and other skin affections.  its blossoms as the chinese common name suggests are like white cranes... Continue Reading →

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