心型植物代表:珊瑚藤 a vine with heart-shaped parts: pink coral vine (antigonon leptopus)

珊瑚藤開花很奪目,可謂無人不愛。粉紅的花色,總是一串花鈴般熱鬧。 珊瑚藤是多年生木質藤本植物,半落葉,花期長。 這植物特質多,葉和花質感像紙,而兩者都呈心形。互生的葉是卵形或卵狀三角形,而基部深心形。花更有趣,由五個似花瓣的苞片組成,呈三菱形。 今天聖誕,就借此植物,送上心意和祝福。 coral vine is really pretty when blossoming. the pink 3-d heart-shaped flowers are papery and pleasantly pink. they bloom for many months and never come alone, the flowers always look cheery and appealing. this mexico-native is perennial and having leaves in heart to arrow shape. it is a fast growing plant... Continue Reading →

海島十大功勞 island mahonia (mahonia oiwakensis)

海島十大功勞在冬季開花,繁華黃花,有孔雀開屏的氣焰。這是栽種版,見於香港動植物公園。 此草本植物原生於華南包括香港,有見於大嶼山,現屬易危品種。 參考蘋果日報2007年一篇報導,當中訪問中醫師關之義,指出植物名字應有過百年歷史,其時香港寂寂無聞,大概是這樣,才冠上「海島」二字。十大功勞就代表其十種藥用價值。 名字能反映本性,名字「架勢」,植物形態別致。羽狀複葉向外輻射,感覺霸氣硬朗,葉緣還有刺。花序總狀,黃色。漿果初生粉綠,成熟轉成粉紫藍。 island mahonia blossoms in winter. this is a gardening plant at the botanic gardens in central. the yellow blooms are an extravaganza. you can find this plant in the wild on lantau island. it is native to southern china including hong kong. it is now listed as ‘vulnerable’. the chinese common... Continue Reading →

木橘 bael fruit (aegle marmelos)

從香港公園方向往兵頭花園途中,堅尼地道與花園道交界,突然發現一個從未見過的樹名,且是寫在古樹牌上。立刻引起興趣,記錄下來。 字面上很普通,木和橘。但組合起來,對我來說是新鮮的品種。查閱資料,也確實有其珍奇之處。此木原生印度,在中國按《百度百科》說產雲南西雙版纳。芸香科下木橘是木橘屬唯一的代表。 這個時節並非花或果期,所以觀察其樹,看不到很大的特色。緩引網上資料:「樹皮灰色,葉片差異大。」「花芳香,有花梗;花瓣白色,花絲甚短。花药線狀而長。種子多,扁卵形。」 此外,此樹是印度教的聖樹。教徒會以此樹拜濕婆,因傳說濕婆喜歡這樹的葉。而其三出葉也剛好象徵濕婆右手所持的聖物,稱為「比那卡」的三叉戟 。 came across this tree by accident. i was on the way to botanic garden from hong kong park. walking along kennedy road turning up to garden road, and saw the tree tag of the register of old and valuable trees. it says bael fruit. a completely unfamiliar name. immediately i... Continue Reading →

雞冠刺桐 cockspur coral-tree (erythrina crista-galli)

  雞冠刺桐的花朵,紅豔而有個性,像南美女性。 花形特別。且撮述維基上的描述: 花為五數花,完全花,左右對稱……花冠為蝶形花冠,有五片花瓣,分別稱為旗瓣、翼瓣與龍骨瓣。旗瓣一片,位於花冠的最外面,五片花瓣中最大。翼瓣二片,细小,隱藏花萼裏,不易看到。龍骨瓣二片,偶而部分結合在一起,保護生殖器官。雄花器由十支雄蕊組成,雄蕊分成二束,為二體雄蕊,其中一束只有一支雄蕊,另一束則由九支雄蕊組成,這九支雄蕊的花絲合生在一起。 雞冠刺桐原生南美,阿根廷和烏拉圭都以她為國花。現在植物世界各地都有種植。落葉小喬木,是有剌的樹種(是以刺桐屬)。總狀花序。果實為莢果。 cockspur coral-tree is a small to medium sized deciduous tree. it is native to south america but now commonly grew in other parts of the world as ornamental plants. its flower is the national flower of argentina and uruguay. The plant flowers in summer. the bright red bloom is profuse... Continue Reading →

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