海埔姜 /單葉蔓荊 beach vitex (vitex rotundifolia)

香港的海岸植物,熟悉的有草海桐、黃槿、假菠蘿,最近認識了另一種。十一月底在東平洲正值開花時候,藍紫色唇形花,也有漂亮的葉,海埔姜 /單葉蔓荊 是也。 網上資料蒐集,有豐富的資源,美國、台灣、香港的植物網站都有記載。這多年生匍匐灌木,有指是夏威夷的本土植物,也有說原生於亞洲與澳洲。 中藥界以其果入藥,稱為「蔓荊子」。巧美的葉片,也成為人類的口腹之物,曬乾製成「埔姜茶」。還是將焦點回歸植物本身,葉的形態細膩精美:單葉對生,葉片倒卵形,頂端鈍圓,基部楔形,葉背灰白。頂生花序,藍紫色唇形花冠.。同場可見開始成熟的果子。此植物適應在沙質的土壤生長。  learnt about a species of coastal plant from a trip down at tung peng chou in late november. drawn by the pretty match of the delicate appearance of the leaves and blossoms of this sprawling shrub. description of the plant, quoting from missouribotanicalgarden.org, “broad-oblong to suborbicular leaves are blue green... 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 →

紫色的嫩芽 – 木荷 chinese guger-tree’s (schima superba) unique purple sprout

感覺魔幻的色彩,讓那個常陰時雨的早上在香港仔水塘的行程,灰暗全消。 紫色的幼枝,跟成樹後面貌不一樣。 其實木荷是本土樹,屬常綠喬木,樹冠濃茂。單葉互生,革質,無毛,橢圓或矩圓狀,邊緣有鈍鋸齒,中脈葉背隆起。 初夏開花,具芳香,白花黃蕊,近大頭茶模樣但較小型。果期秋後,圓形蒴果,木質五裂。 the purplish blue plays magic. it was a drizzling morning at aberdeen country park. but once i spotted this young plant, the world light up. this native plant when mature does not bear any resemblance of what we are seeing now. chinese guger-tree or schima is from the tea family, or... Continue Reading →

斜斑彩灰蝶(雄)快影 purple sapphire male (heliophorus phoenicoparyphus) quick snap

香港常見灰蝶。影於鹿頸。 this is a common lycaenidae in hong kong. the photo was taken at luk keng. 斜斑彩灰蝶 purple sapphire (heliophorus phoenicoparyphus) - kingdom: animalia 動物界 | phylum: arthropoda 節肢動物門 | class: insecta 昆蟲綱 | order: lepidoptera 鱗翅目 | family: lycaenidae 灰蝶科 | subfamily: lycaeninae 灰蝶亞科 | genus: heliophorus 灰蝶屬 | species: h. phoenicoparyphus  (source: wiki) reference: afcd ; butterflies... Continue Reading →

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