Saturday, February 18, 2006

Panic Flower and Clever Leaf

Queen Elizabeth II's head occupied one side of every HK coin before 1997; now, you'll find bauhinia in the supreme position.

Bauhinia Blakeana, aka, HK Orchid Tree, is the emblem of Hong Kong and also appears on HK's flag. It is nicknamed "panic flower" by college students because in spring, when they see bauhinia blooms in its most glorious, they know final exam is approaching. The nicely-shaped leaf is fondly called "clever leaf" and is dried to make bookmarks.

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Comments on "Panic Flower and Clever Leaf"


Blogger Anne said ... (February 18, 2006 2:11 PM) : 

Yup I heard about the Orchid tree, but i didn't know it's real name is Bauhinia Blakeana, or is that its scientific name?

When is the HK sale it in June?


Blogger Eric said ... (February 18, 2006 2:21 PM) : 

This is such a great story. I could use seeing a few of these trees around here from time to time!


Blogger Lisi said ... (February 18, 2006 3:27 PM) : 

Hi Anne, sale is on from now till April I think. Anywaz, many shops are giving discounts after New Year/Chinese New Year, Valentine's Day/Chinese Valentine's Day...


Blogger Lisi said ... (February 18, 2006 3:30 PM) : 

And yes, Bauhinia Blakeana is the scientific name, after Sir Henry Blake who discovered it here in 1880.

Eric, do you need reminder for exam or clever leaf? :-)


Blogger Mathieu said ... (February 18, 2006 3:31 PM) : 



Blogger bob said ... (February 18, 2006 6:16 PM) : 

I've counted at least 10 shades of green. Lovely!


Blogger Denton said ... (February 18, 2006 9:51 PM) : 

Great story and a great photo. I like how you are shooting toward the sun.


Blogger Cynthia! said ... (February 19, 2006 1:44 AM) : 

beautiful flowers!! a very beautiful shot!


Blogger Karine said ... (February 19, 2006 3:26 AM) : 

What a nice shot for such a story. The beauty of it does not really go with its nickname. This is interesting story nonetheless.


Blogger 3rdfloor20 said ... (February 19, 2006 11:45 AM) : 

A very lovely shot. I love the light shining through the leaves.


Blogger San Francisco Daily Photo said ... (February 19, 2006 12:28 PM) : 

Great story and a great photo to go along with it!



Blogger geneline said ... (February 23, 2006 2:56 AM) : 

Nice shot for a nice explanation!


Blogger bob said ... (February 26, 2006 8:03 PM) : 

hi lisi

My 10 year-old daughter loves this photo (bauhinia )


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