Last week we had a short stopover in Hong Kong and went to see the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens. Nestled on the hillside in Central District, this 5.6 hectare garden was founded in 1876.
The garden has secluded, leafy paths which belie the fact that there are high rise buildings nearby. The plants are mostly from tropical parts of the world and include this exotic Micky Mouse Plant (Ochna kirkii) from Africa.
We have been travelling recently and seeing flowers in other parts of the world. We spent a few weeks in Los Angeles, and were impressed by the masses of lotus flowers growing in the lake at Echo Park. That’s downtown LA in the distance.
Here is another plant that we noticed in the sand dunes at Kamaole Beach in Kihei, when we visited Maui in Hawaii last week. It is known as Beach Morning Glory or Pohuehue (botanical name Ipomoea pes-caprae subsp. brasiliensis). The pretty native creeper adds a splash of colour to the beach sand.
We were in Hawaii last week and enjoyed admiring some of the local wildflowers. This one is Beach Naupaka (Scaevola sericea) and is common in the sand dunes on Maui.
The flowers are obviously fan flowers – relatives of the Thick-leaved Fan-flower that grows here in Perth. The Hawaiian Beach Naupaka has clusters of these interesting fruit.