迷人 pink lady – 絲木棉 silk floss tree (ceiba speciosa)

經常走過的路上,有著這棵絲木棉,開花數星期了,每天都對自己說一定要寫寫她,拖延了兩星期,幸好昨日花仍盛,依然色彩艷麗。 吸引我的地方,除了那艷麗而壽命長的花,就是這樹與木棉同科。兩者型態類近,樹幹同樣直立耿實,樹幹有刺; 而「男」「女」又有不同:絲木綿另一名字美人樹,「最毒婦人心」,樹幹上的刺對比木棉尖銳而刺存活期較長 (木棉樹老大,刺有時就不存在)。兩樹的花都色彩奪目,木棉花由橙紅到深沉的紅,花的外形到質感較厚重硬朗;至於絲木棉,花瓣色彩和型態玲瓏彩亮;兩花就是「英雄」和「美人」的大自然完美傳譯。 植物原籍南美巴西、阿根廷。絲木棉花的色彩,大概是典型南美的調子。花季在我們的秋冬。   walk pass this silk floss tree every working day. been thinking of writing about it, but didn’t put into action. two almost three weeks on, luckily the tree is still blossoming. silk floss obviously enjoy a long boom time, which is lucky for me to catch the season. the... Continue Reading →

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夏之草 summer grass 2017 – 紅毛草 natal grass (melinis repens)

印象中紅毛草屬於秋天的,因為乾燥的氣候中,秋天就該有那景象,隨風擺蕩的紅毛花穗。 但紅毛草是多年生草本,在一條自己每日走過的道路,而這路平常路人不多,因為環境沒有受到干擾,草一直欣欣向榮。 可能因為濕度高,紅毛草有花,不過色彩比較柔和,由粉白到粉紅,沒有秋天的銳利近乎金屬的紅光。 輯述台灣《認識植物》的資料: 草 - 高可達 120 公分,全株有毛。紅毛草的稈直立,地下根莖粗短,節間有瘤毛,節上有柔毛。葉片長,葉鞘鬆散,葉舌有一圈長柔毛。 花 - 圓錐花序,雌雄同株,花序分枝纖細,小穗柄纖細彎曲,頂端稍膨大,疏生長柔毛;小穗常被粉紅色絹毛。 果 - 穎果,長橢圓形。 this is an autumn plant. but as it is perennial and this group of buddies rooted on a road i walk by every working day. i can see the summer face of this plant. my estimation is that even though... Continue Reading →

酸葉膠藤的花 flowers of sour creeper (urceola rosea/ecdysanthera rosea)

幾年前寫過此木質攀藤,因為在濕地公園多番看到它可愛的果實。 猜不到原來自己日常經過的地區都有她的蹤跡。 酸葉膠藤是香港原生也普遍。 這陣子,在些山頭綠坡,看到一雲粉紅花霧,很大機會就是她。 酸葉膠藤開花熱熱鬧鬧,小小的粉紅花冠成圓錐花序。花期就在此時即初夏。 lately i have been drawn by the pink mist of flowers along road sides and slopes of victoria road. it was a pleasant surprise to find out that i actually knew this plant before, but the imagery is so different that i did not connect. i saw this woody climber... Continue Reading →

快影: 美利的節果決明 2017 the murray’s pink & white shower, quick snaps

一年一度。 around this time every year. 五月頭 beginning of may 四月底  end of april 節果決明 pink and white shower (cassia javanica var. indochinensis) – kingdom plantae  植物界 | (unranked): angiosperms  | (unranked): rosids | order fabales  豆目 | family fabaceae 豆科 | genus cassia 決明屬 | species cassia javanica 節果決明  (source: wiki)   以往有關此樹貼文 previous... Continue Reading →

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