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 →

九龍公園植物筆記 2016.5.29 kowloon park plant notes

這次筆記可能零碎一些,但重點在品種特別是植物的科的特色。 these notes may appear quite random but try to name characteris of the family and the species. ♦♦ + 黃槐 sunshine tree (senna sulfurea) - 蘇木科 caesalpinioideae family # 蘇木科 caesalpinioideae family - 第一和第二葉軸上有腺點。leaves usually paripinnate or binary; raceme inflorescence.      ~ 葉軸 (參考: 香港家育城) ♦♦ + 蜘蛛抱蛋 common aspidistra (aspidistra elatior) - 百合科... Continue Reading →

白千層 paperbark tree (melaleuca cajuputi subsp. cumingiana.)

白千層在香港很常見,來自澳洲,早年由政府引入種植於水塘、郊野公園,也見於路旁。 就算不大留意樹種的朋友,對此樹都不會陌生。因為那一身脫皮的樹幹,一見難忘。但似乎沒有很多香港朋友對白千層特別表示鍾愛,有點替他不值。 白千層其實也有其明星地位。在行山攝影圈子中,城門水浸白千層是每年的季度景色。不過,一般社會大眾對此樹比較冷淡。我忍不住要為他打響招牌。 even though it came from australia, paperbark tree is very common in hong kong. thanks to the colonial government which introduced this tree species to the city and wildly planted them around reservoirs, country parks and roadside. among hikers and country park goers, the paperbark forest at shing mun reservoir is one... Continue Reading →

烏墨 jambolan plum (syzygium cumini)

前兩天經過九龍公園,散步曬太陽賞樹,突然在樹籬迷宮側的樹坡看到一個樹牌 「烏墨」 馬上神思飄然,像聞到一陣墨香,又似感受到一個大俠佛然轉身一股風影。 烏墨是常綠喬木,原生於東南亞和南亞。 烏墨較日常的名字叫海南蒲桃,與蒲桃、蓮霧是近親。 當果期來時,烏紫色的果子跌滿一地。很多人會覺得一片狼藉,我卻很欣賞大樹為地面來個潑墨揮筆,不負「烏墨」這名字。 這次未逢果熟時節,細細觀察,看到花和初果。 兩年前記述九龍公園另一角落《海南蒲桃 jambu》,時為九月初,已經果實纍纍,還有果子墜地後的香美圖。加一註,果子雖然多汁,但不是漿果而是核果。 two days back i happened to pass by tsim sha tsui, so i spent extra minutes to check out the century-old chinese banyan along nathan road. couldn’t help worrying these nature treasures of our city are ailing and soon to leave us. sign. then i route... Continue Reading →

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