大花老鴉咀 large flowered thunbergia / blue skyflower (thunbergia grandiflora)

自己是市區人,有點愧疚,最初認識此花是在兵頭花園 (動植物公園)。嬌美茂盛的花朵,見於園內栽種園圃的矮小植物,不覺此是藤蔓植物。 後知後覺地,今年第一次欣賞到野外花盛狀況,才真正感受此植物的特性。 此常綠藤本原生於南亞及中國。全年開花,但以夏秋最盛。 大埔滘郊野公園山谷間,藍紫色瀑布漫山傾瀉,美極。 總狀花序,懸垂性,大花呈唇狀;花冠藍紫色,喉部淺黃色。按《樹木谷》所指,「大花老鴉嘴」名稱前半描述其花,後半比擬其果;果熟轉黑、張口。葉厚對生,葉形多樣,心型至卵形。 this vine is easy and pretty. it blooms in the tropic all year round. it is native to south asia, including bengal and india; as well as to china. for us the flowering seasons come spring and autumn. two of its chinese common names start with “large flowered”. that... Continue Reading →

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藍紫色小野花 blue & purple flowers in autumn

進入深秋,卻見花開處處,無獨有偶來自相近色調,藍與紫。幾種這一兩星期遇到的開花植物:印度百花菜、三裂葉牽牛、耳葉鴨跖草、麥門冬。 according to the chinese lunar calendar, it is already deep autumn. yet flowers are blooming away everywhere. featuring below are some blue and purple flowering plants i saw in these few weeks.  一個市區但幽靜的小斜坡,看到兩種植物纏繞共榮。兩者均一年生,生藍花與紫花。on a small slope in a quiet corner of a suburban area, spotted these two procumbent and climbing plants entangled and blossoming.... Continue Reading →

路邊牡荊/黃荊 chinese chaste tree along roadsides

之前遇到的牡荊是一棵樹,高大,賞花要仰望。 最近在山邊路旁看到盈盈嫩綠葉叢當中,冒起淺紫美美伸展花串,覺得眼熟。拍照,回來查究,原來是同一植物。 看似草本的黃荊,成熟後是灌木或小喬木。植物的花玲瓏巧美,近看那密被細毛還像流蘇的舞衣。 this plant is blossoming away along roadside and hillside under hot bright summer sun. the bluish violet flower panicles look like small dancing fairies in tutu. it looks like a herbivore. this is actually a shrub or small tree i wrote here before. the low-lying posture deceives me while allowing me to... Continue Reading →

藍楹紅影 the blue and red of early summer

每年都會追逐兩樹的花季,今年在五月遇到藍花楹和影樹(鳳凰木) 花季交疊。她們的花期相近,暫且不跳進氣候紊亂的懷疑。 every year i chase the flower seasons of jacaranda and flame of the forest. this year seems to be the first the two are overlapping. for now i’d prefer not to jump into blaming climate change as the two flowering seasons are in fact quite close to each other. 香港大學荷花池附近的藍花楹開花不盛,只是寥落的藍花。有點失意。 the jacaranda not... Continue Reading →

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