Saturday, October 9, 2010
A fat-growing, medium-seized tree capable to reach up to 45m in height. At full size, develop fluted buttresses. Often split into two or more upright stems. Outer bark brown , rough. White latex in trunk and leaves when cut.
Flower hermaphroditic. Inflorescence terminal, flower white, tubular. Usually 2 umbels above each other.
Fruits long thin follicles, seeds with tufts of hair at both ends, dispersed by wind.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Hemerocallis fluva( 金针/ 萱草/ daylily )
Synonym : Hemerocallis citrina
Order : Asparagales | Family : Hemerocallidaceae
The name Hemerocallis derives from Greek words ἡμέρα (hēmera) "day" and καλός (kalos) "beautiful".
The flower is strictly day-opening. Opening in the morning and closing in the evening of the same day.
It is native to Asia, from the Caucasus through the Himalaya to
China, Japan and southearstern . 4 varieties may be recognized in Russia : kwanso, aurantiaca, fluva and angustifolia. China
H. fluva is originally a diploid plant. Most hybrids are tetrapoids. However, the kwanso variety is a tripoid. Tripoids and tetrapoids plants cannot seed, they reproduces only by stolons and division.
United States and , H. fluva and H fluva longituba has become an invasive species. Canada
The flowers are edible and are used in Chinese cuisine and medicine. They are sold either fresh or dried.
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