The balcony observer's 349th report- The seashell with pearls (Acalypha australis Linn.) 鐵莧菜 海蚌含珠

by Tsao T-F July. 30, 2021 219 views

Acalypha australis, commonly known as Asian copperleaf, has many aliases. Among them, "海蚌(meaning seashell)含(meaning enclosing)珠(meaning pearl) impressed me the most. It should refer to the type of female flowers in which the bract (seashell) encloses ovaries (pearls).

鐵莧菜。它有多個別名,其中,"海蚌含珠"最讓我印象深刻。它應該是指苞片(bract)包著子房(ovary)的雌花(female flowers)型態吧。

Small flowers bloom in spring (March) in axillary (sometimes terminal) panicles, forming inflorescences. 春天(三月)開小朵花,多腋生(axillary),偶頂生( terminal),花單性,穗狀花序,沒有花瓣。

Small flowers bloom in spring (March) in axillary (sometimes terminal) panicles, forming inflorescences. 春天(三月)開小朵花,多腋生(axillary),偶頂生( terminal),花單性,穗狀花序,沒有花瓣。

Male and female flowers grow on the same inflorescences (androgynous) or on different inflorescences (monoecious flowers). 雌雄花可以生長於同一花序上(雌雄同序),也可以在不同的花序上(雌雄同株異花)。

Male and female flowers grow on the same inflorescences (androgynous) or on different inflorescences (monoecious flowers). 雌雄花可以生長於同一花序上(雌雄同序),也可以在不同的花序上(雌雄同株異花)。

Female flowers grow at the base; male flowers grow at the upper part of the inflorescence. 雌花生長於基部;雄花生長於花序的上方。

Female flowers grow at the base; male flowers grow at the upper part of the inflorescence. 雌花生長於基部;雄花生長於花序的上方。

The clusters of green globules on the bracts are pilose ovary. The style is short, and the apex is split into filaments. 苞片上簇生的綠色小球球是子房,有柔毛。花柱短,先端裂成絲狀。

The clusters of green globules on the bracts are pilose ovary. The style is short, and the apex is split into filaments. 苞片上簇生的綠色小球球是子房,有柔毛。花柱短,先端裂成絲狀。

They look like "seashells with pearls". Wow, there are so many pearls on my balcony. I'm really rich. 他們看起來就像"海蚌含珠"。哇,我的陽台有許多珍珠。我真是富有的人。

They look like "seashells with pearls". Wow, there are so many pearls on my balcony. I'm really rich. 他們看起來就像"海蚌含珠"。哇,我的陽台有許多珍珠。我真是富有的人。

May wealth come generously to you!

在此我祝福每個人都是富有的人!

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Jay Boggess 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Fascinating plant and excellent report!/photography! Thank You. Nature expresses her wonders so poetically.....no???grinning

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Tsao T-F Replied to Jay Boggess 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the comment with so poetic words. May wealth, health, happiness come generously to you!smile

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Jay Boggess Replied to Tsao T-F 1 month, 3 weeks ago

+1grinning+1

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Linda Patki 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Loved this.

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Tsao T-F Replied to Linda Patki 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Thanks Linda. May wealth, health, happiness come generously to you!smile

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Camellia Staab 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Beautiful plant not found around here. By the way that is such a nice saying " May wealth come generously to you". Same to you, Tsao 😊

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Tsao T-F Replied to Camellia Staab 1 month, 3 weeks ago

May wealth, health, happiness come generously to us!smile

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Camellia Staab Replied to Tsao T-F 1 month, 3 weeks ago

😉😊

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