春之快拍 – 白頭鵯嚐雀榕 spring ~ chinese bulbul and japanese superb fig

白頭鵯  chinese bulbul (pycnonotus sinensis) 筆管榕/雀榕 japanese superb fig / red fruit fig (ficus superba var. japonica)

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仲春芒果花季 mid spring, mago blooms

雖然沒有鮮豔的花色,但每年芒果樹開花,那種爆發力讓我無法抗拒。 芒果屬於漆樹科,特色包括花小,缺少花瓣,成頂生或腋生圓錐花序。 芒果原籍南亞,而在香港無論市區和村落,他們都深入我們的周圍如鄰里街坊。  (幾棵芒果是香港公園的老成員。these few mango trees steps away from the east entrance of hong kong park are old members of the park.) mango blooms are always explosive, so even they are of earthy tone not really fleshy, the power is there. therefore this blog year after year can’t help noting the arrival of the flower... 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 →

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 →

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