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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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 →

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 →

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