快影:藍花楹花季開始了 snaps: the blue flower season arrived (jacaranda mimosifolia)

縱然年年花開,每次遇上藍花楹的花季,心動又心悸。 因為花美,又因為那花的色調如此勾魂哀怨。 even though it is a common gardening tree in hong kong, even though i wrote about it many times on this blog. the blossoms are spellbinding. the blue is almost haunting. if melancholy is a colour, this is it. 藍花楹 jacaranda (jacaranda mimosifolia) – plantae kingdom 植物界 | clade 演化支: angiosperms 被子植物 | clade... Continue Reading →

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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 →

海埔姜 /單葉蔓荊 beach vitex (vitex rotundifolia)

香港的海岸植物,熟悉的有草海桐、黃槿、假菠蘿,最近認識了另一種。十一月底在東平洲正值開花時候,藍紫色唇形花,也有漂亮的葉,海埔姜 /單葉蔓荊 是也。 網上資料蒐集,有豐富的資源,美國、台灣、香港的植物網站都有記載。這多年生匍匐灌木,有指是夏威夷的本土植物,也有說原生於亞洲與澳洲。 中藥界以其果入藥,稱為「蔓荊子」。巧美的葉片,也成為人類的口腹之物,曬乾製成「埔姜茶」。還是將焦點回歸植物本身,葉的形態細膩精美:單葉對生,葉片倒卵形,頂端鈍圓,基部楔形,葉背灰白。頂生花序,藍紫色唇形花冠.。同場可見開始成熟的果子。此植物適應在沙質的土壤生長。  learnt about a species of coastal plant from a trip down at tung peng chou in late november. drawn by the pretty match of the delicate appearance of the leaves and blossoms of this sprawling shrub. description of the plant, quoting from missouribotanicalgarden.org, “broad-oblong to suborbicular leaves are blue green... Continue Reading →

藍紫色小野花 blue & purple flowers in autumn

進入深秋,卻見花開處處,無獨有偶來自相近色調,藍與紫。幾種這一兩星期遇到的開花植物:印度百花菜、三裂葉牽牛、耳葉鴨跖草、麥門冬。 according to the chinese lunar calendar, it is already deep autumn. yet flowers are blooming away everywhere. featuring below are some blue and purple flowering plants i saw in these few weeks.  一個市區但幽靜的小斜坡,看到兩種植物纏繞共榮。兩者均一年生,生藍花與紫花。on a small slope in a quiet corner of a suburban area, spotted these two procumbent and climbing plants entangled and blossoming.... Continue Reading →

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