紫色的嫩芽 – 木荷 chinese guger-tree’s (schima superba) unique purple sprout

感覺魔幻的色彩,讓那個常陰時雨的早上在香港仔水塘的行程,灰暗全消。 紫色的幼枝,跟成樹後面貌不一樣。 其實木荷是本土樹,屬常綠喬木,樹冠濃茂。單葉互生,革質,無毛,橢圓或矩圓狀,邊緣有鈍鋸齒,中脈葉背隆起。 初夏開花,具芳香,白花黃蕊,近大頭茶模樣但較小型。果期秋後,圓形蒴果,木質五裂。 the purplish blue plays magic. it was a drizzling morning at aberdeen country park. but once i spotted this young plant, the world light up. this native plant when mature does not bear any resemblance of what we are seeing now. chinese guger-tree or schima is from the tea family, or... Continue Reading →

炮仗花 fire-cracker vine/flamevine (pyrostegia venusta)

過年遇著炮仗花,就是喜慶,不得不立文特表。此花常見,也就更要多認識。 此花原生於南美,但經已廣泛成為花園種植品種。 來到了亞洲中國人的地方,更被擁護為喜氣的象徵。事實是,春夏之間,此藤本植物一到花期,真的嘩啦嘩啦一發不可收拾地盛放,攀滿園地山坡。 觀其細節,深綠葉對生,部分葉會發展成三叉卷鬚。花筒橙紅色,橙黃花柱與花絲伸出。花絲絲狀,花藥叉開。花柱柱頭舌狀扁平。 flame vine or more commonly known in hong kong as fire-cracker vine is a south amercian native. this species however now is generally a garden species. in hong kong as well as being used in gardening, very often you see them in the wild. it was chinese new year holiday and... Continue Reading →

耳果相思的耳果 the fruit of earleaf acacia/earpod wattle

耳果相思與香港種植繁多的樹種台灣相思是同科同屬的,所以他們某些特徵相近,如開黃色毛絨的花, 如他們的真葉只出現在幼苗時期,成樹茂密的是葉柄進化的「假葉」。 耳果相思在香港的郊區和市區常見,是常綠喬木。原籍澳洲、南亞。 此樹的「假葉」呈闊鐮刀形,有三、四主脈。穗狀花序,橙黃色細小花數枚簇生於葉腋或枝頂。 立即介紹本文的主角,耳果相思的莢果。何其有趣的造型,扭彎再扭彎,植物科學前輩認為像耳朵故命名。我則覺得像搖鼓,特別是果成熟木化後。這照片是本星期拍的,果實非常鮮嫩,帶著新生的粉綠色。 acacia is a very common planting species in hong kong. back in the 1970s formosa acacia was one of the top three species planting in our country parks as well as in the city. earleaf acacia shares the same family and genus with formosa acacia and it is also common... Continue Reading →

龍和道的金蒲桃 golden penda (xanthostemon chrysanthus) along lung wo road

今天立法會選舉公佈結果。最近龍和道上金黃閃耀,是特殊的感應? 其實是龍和道的公路中間,種植一排金蒲桃,正應時開花。 金蒲桃來自澳洲,在香港的公園和樹道蠻常見。這常綠小喬木,夏秋之間開花。金黃色的花球,來勢洶洶,而且花期長。 大家細心端詳美麗的聚傘花序,會發覺主角是濃密的雄蕊花絲而並非花瓣。 一絲一絲聚合起來成傘,爾後更會成果。世事與自然界道理也如是。 yesterday the city went through the legco election, today is the result day. we are not discussing the election here. it just happened that two days ago i went pass admiralty and the government hq and i walked all the way to central. along the route, there is lung wo... Continue Reading →

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