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 →

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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 →

藍磯鶇快影 snap: blue rock thrush (monticola solitarius)

雄性藍磯鶇,色彩豔麗。香港的冬候鳥。 according to wiki, the blue rock thrush is a species of chat, which is recently considered old world flycatchers. this bright-coloured one is a male bird. blue rock thrushes visit hong kong during winter. 藍磯鶇 blue rock thrush (monticola solitarius) - kingdom: animalia 動物界 | phylum: chordata 脊索動物門 | class: aves 鳥綱 | order:... Continue Reading →

藍紫花色 - 十月 blue and purple flowers, oct 2016

秋冬,大家印象萬物漸息 - 植物落葉、生物冬眠。其實這城的秋冬還是生機處處。今年夏季後的颱風大雨,更給與周圍花草多了滋潤。 we are almost winter, yet under the effect of climate change we are still having typhoon and rain downpours during our typical dryer season. in the end, such new pattern will disturb the order of nature. but right now it also gives rise to more living boost to the living things. here... Continue Reading →

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