Thursday, January 21, 2010

Enkianthus quinqueflorus

Enkianthus quinqueflorus, known as 'Hanging Bell' in Chinese, belongs to the family Eriaceae which is one of the few woody species blooming in late winter. It is protected under the Forestry Regulation Cap. 96A in order to prevent them from being over collected for ornamental uses, which was commonly happened in the past, particularly in the New Terrestories. As its flowering season is near the Chinese New Year, it was logged and sold in the flower markets during the New Year period, threatening the local population. Practically it has a healthy population in Hong Kong which is generally treated as a widespread and common species in Hong Kong's hillside.

1 comment:

Samson So said...

Wonderful flowers.
Keep posting!!