火炭母 chinese knotweed (polygonum chinense)

火炭母是香港很粗生的植物,我卻很珍重。 一來是本土原生植物,二來植物易認且漂亮,三,多年前因一位婆婆認識她。 那是一次在大嶼山的村落之行。走到一條尚有人煙的舊村,在行人徑碰見那婆婆,她站在自己屋前的矮牆,見到我們一班人,便閒聊起來,指著墻上的植物問我們認識嗎?跟著便在葉間摘下什麼放到嘴內,說到:「這是火炭毛(粵音第一音),(果)酸湄湄,全棵都是寶。」 的確,中藥將火炭母全株入藥,有清熱利濕消滯之用。花、果、嫩莖葉均可食用。 當下,細心打量這植物,發現這草本攀懸植物很標緻,小小白花花瓣有質感,而且光線底下呈剔透,那些小果更微妙,包裹在宿存的花被之內,黑中透紫,帶光澤。 爾後,走到比較靜的路邊山邊,都發現這美麗小植物的蹤影。雖然常見,每次皆不禁讚美她。這植物很容易辨認,葉面常有 v 型的白或深色的斑紋,而其莖呈嫩紅色。 this plant is very common in this city. it is a hong kong and chinese native. don’t overlook this perennial climber even though it is everywhere. it has many pretty features: Its stems are glabrous and red-brown. you can easily recognise chinese knotweed amid a luxurious pasture... Continue Reading →

酸藤 / 酸葉膠藤 sour creeper (ecdysanthera rosea)

酸藤是台灣常用的名字。以此名字網上搜查植物,得出十之九十台灣網站的資料,大抵是原生植物的緣故。此植物也原生於中國長江以南,是以英文的資料非常少。香港方面的資料也不多;在《樹木谷》,植物以酸葉膠藤為名。 sour creeper is native to south china and taiwan. there is very few info about the plant online in english. so let’s start from the basic. it is an evergreen vine. it flowers from spring onwards. the reason of this article is that it is now the fruiting season. 寫他,是因正值果期。這陣子到濕地公園,在往泥灘鳥屋方向的圍欄上,便看到有如蒲公英冠毛的種子,隨風飄揚。 酸藤的蓇葖果兩枚一組,伸展成扁平的V字。種子長圓形,頂著白嫩絹質種毛。比之於木棉的絮,她較輕較柔。 the fruiting season... Continue Reading →

綬草 chinese spiranthes

綬是絲帶的意思。此草本植物,十數粉或白的小花沿花莖螺旋狀排列,頗如絲絹之姿。而青翠花莖盤扭,也給與她青龍柱一類的名字。植物全株均有藥用,而其根肉質如參,故稱盤龍參。我却偏好清明草一名,意指其開花時節。 chinese spiranthes (spiranthes sinensis) is a species of orchid in eastern asia. its delicate form and the labellum of the small blossoms are vivid proof of the inheritance. 綬草是蘭科植物,細小的花具有蘭典型的特徵:唇瓣和蕊柱。 love how the plant structured, almost architectural - the jade green spiral ladder elegantly engraved with steps of flora mostly angelic white with hints of rouge. 細讀資料,還有發現,此多年生植物有香港的品種。... Continue Reading →

土沉香 incense tree [速寫 sketch]

土沉香是中國特有的樹木,與香港也很有淵源。而這樹今天屬於易危級別。 最近碰上這樹兩次,所以來個速寫。 incense tree is endemic to china,and has a twinding history with hong kong. today it is a vulnerable species. i encounter this tree twice lately. just like to make a note. 四月二旬,在西貢蕉坑的標本林,看到數棵高聳的大土沉香。樹幹淺灰,樹皮有一環一環。 three weeks ago, at an arboretum in  sai kung, met with a few big incense trees. happy for them, as they are... Continue Reading →

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