雙瓣茉莉 arabian jasmine (jasminum sambac)

好一朵美麗的茉莉花 …… 唱著民謠,總以為茉莉是中國原生。常見於香港的,一般是雙瓣茉莉,原生印度、南亞高原、中東。 秀美的花朵,加上雅麗的花香,讓植物廣泛植栽於亞熱帶地區。明末清初嶺南詩人屈大均《陽江道上逢盧子歸自瓊州賦贈》就點出此花在華南的盛況:天晴空翠滿,五指拂雲來。樹樹奇南結,家家茉莉開。 「葉對生,闊卵形,全緣,網狀脈,葉色濃綠,葉質較厚且富有光澤。聚散花序,頂生或腋生,每個花序著生花蕾三朵到十多朵。」「花蕾卵圓形,頂部較平或稍尖,也稱平頭茉莉。」《互動百科》   chinese and possibly many others assume jasmine is from china. i guess partly due to the popularity of the chinese folk song “mo li hua (the jasmine flower)”. the pristine looking and amazingly fragrant arabian jasmine commonly seen in china in fact you can tell is native to india,... Continue Reading →

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土沉香 agar wood (aquilaria sinensis )

在郊野、鄉村碰過土沉香,每棵都高大年長,看到觸到只是其樹幹。加上近年聽聞慘痛的報導,土沉香給掏伐亂砍,也曾親睹傷痕累累的真身,所以土沉香緊連的感受是敬畏神傷。 even people who do not care much about trees in hong kong would know about agar wood because of recent news coverage. there have been report of incense tree being brutally chopped and smuggled due to its value. the tree produces agarwood, a valuable fragrant wood used for incense and medicine. and of course, this tree... Continue Reading →

糖膠樹今年早開花 devil trees bloom early

九月中,沿中環碼頭海濱的糖膠樹經已花球滿樹,噴發芳香。 去年寫此樹花季卻在十一月。 devil trees are in full bloosoom already, along the seaside walk towards the central piers. what a lovely presentation. flowers clustered in sphere and the air is sweetened by their fragrance. last year, it was november when i wrote about the flowers. 糖膠樹 devil tree (alstonia scholaris) – 植物界 plantae kingdom | 被子植物門 magnoliophyta... Continue Reading →

三月苦楝 china berry flowers

三月苦楝(戀),很有意象。乍暖還寒,那淡紫,曖昧,懸念。 spring colours can be exhilarating. china berry is different. the lilac petals, the blossoms clusters and the fragrance form an aura like a dream. 樹可長到十米,較少機會近距離欣賞苦楝的花。從前,在這時節,經過郊野或者公園,遇到高園樹冠呈現一片紫霧,馬上被攝住。走近,去呼吸隱浮空氣中的幽香,同時忍不住輕撫樹幹深刻縱裂的皮痕。 (原來楝科就是我認識的 mahogany 紅木科。中國傢俱有所謂紅木傢俱,素材就是這家族的木。) the tree is so recognizable during the flowering and fruiting season. each flower has five petals in lilac, the violet tube in the heart of each... Continue Reading →

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