柏架山行記錄 2017 a walk at mt parker, journal

一月中這星期天,天陰微雨,決定起行走進郊外。原因是近年香港人都愛鑽進郊外,好天氣的週末,山中的人多比美購物區,所以有點刻意避開人潮。天氣不佳但未至於差的日子,應該是寧靜郊外行的好時機。 但仍然是不折扣的城市人,選擇還是很城市的路線。 countryside has become the new hot spot for hongkongers in recent years. people rush to country parks and rural areas over weekends and public holidays. it is more so when weather is good. i started avoiding crowd on blue sky days. last sunday, the sky was grey. i told myself it could be... Continue Reading →

傘樹 umbrella tree / octopus tree (schefflera actinophylla)

仲夏到初秋大氣灼熱,偶爾在公路旁樹叢以至公園,突然被其烈焰花肢勾魂。 這鹅掌柴屬植物又稱放射鹅掌藤。原產澳洲,英文俗名除了有 umbrella tree 外還有可愛的「octopus tree 章魚樹」,指的是開花時花枝在樹頂漫伸如章魚爪。再想,結了果的枝條,不也像紅翠的珊瑚。 you won’t miss this tree this season as it flowers and fruit. as one of its ‘cute’ common names ‘octopus tree’ suggests, the red “inflorescence consists of small red flowers in compact umbels that appear on long stalks (to 2’) radiating out like the tentacles of an octopus”... Continue Reading →

龍眼當造 longan season

街市水果檔都在賣龍眼了。有說龍眼是荔枝奴,說法有點侮辱,但確實點明龍眼跟荔枝的緊密關係。每年自然的定律,荔枝果後到龍眼。為龍眼扳回一分,荔枝的果雖然津美非凡,但龍眼卻在藥用價值上超越荔枝。明李時珍便有評 「資益以龍眼為良」。兩者皆原生華南。 龍眼是常綠大喬木,壽命可長達四百多年。長橢圓形葉,全緣革質,互生,偶數羽狀複葉。開黃白小花,雌雄兩性。成實於初秋,累累而墜,外形圓滾,皮青褐色,革質而脆,果肉味甜可吃。 我們熟悉龍眼,但其原生種已被列入iucn 紅色名錄「近危」的物種。 longan is now in season. when we talk about longan, we always include lychee to the conversation because the two have many connections. both longan and lychee are belonging to the family of soapberry (sapindaceae). they are native to southern china and asia. their fruit seasons are always in the sequence... Continue Reading →

夏日紅果 summer red fruits

假蘋婆 lance-leaved sterculia (sterculia lanceolata) - 由五個蓇葖果 five follicles joined together (聚合蓇葖果 follicetum, a kind of compound fruit ) 組成 珊瑚樹 sweet viburnum (viburnum odoratissimum) - 核果 drupe 荔枝 lychee (litchi chinensis) - 核果 drupe   相關前文 related posts:《假蘋婆 lance-leaved sterculia 》《珊瑚樹 sweet viburnum 》

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