The balcony observer's 358th report- What are you looking for? (Macaranga tanarius, Part 2) 血桐 你在找啥?

by Tsao T-F August. 30, 2021 363 views

Macaranga tanarius is a dioecious tree. There are only two on my balcony. Fortunately, one of them is female and will bear fruit (the other one is not sure yet).

The fruit is a lobulated capsule, about 1 cm in diameter, with long, soft prickles on the outside. They look like evil bacteria in cartoon movies. Each capsule contains two or three spherical seeds, about 5 mm in diameter. There are longitudinal grooves on the surface of the capsule, which split along the groove when mature, releasing black seeds.

血桐是一種雌雄異株的樹。 我的陽台上只有兩棵。 幸運的是,其中一棵是女性,會結果子 (另一棵我還不確定)。

果實為分葉狀蒴果,直徑約1公分,外面有長而柔軟的刺。他們看起來像是卡通影片中的邪惡細菌。每個蒴果含有兩到三顆球形種子,直徑約 0.5公分。蒴果表面有縱溝,成熟時沿著溝裂開,釋出黑色的種子。

A Light-vented bulbul (Pycnonotus sinensis) called A-Shou visited my balcony in Taichung, Taiwan. 一隻叫阿瘦的白頭翁來我的陽台。

A Light-vented bulbul (Pycnonotus sinensis) called A-Shou visited my balcony in Taichung, Taiwan. 一隻叫阿瘦的白頭翁來我的陽台。

He was standing on the parasol leaf tree (Macaranga tanarius). A lot of parasols were under his feet. 他站在血桐的樹上。一堆陽傘在他的腳下。

He was standing on the parasol leaf tree (Macaranga tanarius). A lot of parasols were under his feet. 他站在血桐的樹上。一堆陽傘在他的腳下。

He glanced at me as if he was saying hello to an old friend. 他看了我一眼,像是在跟老朋友打招呼一樣。

He glanced at me as if he was saying hello to an old friend. 他看了我一眼,像是在跟老朋友打招呼一樣。

Then he was standing on a branch of the parasol leaf tree. Behind him was a large green shield. 然後他站在血桐的樹枝上。他的後面是一副綠色的大盾牌。

Then he was standing on a branch of the parasol leaf tree. Behind him was a large green shield. 然後他站在血桐的樹枝上。他的後面是一副綠色的大盾牌。

What are you looking for? 你在找什麼?

What are you looking for? 你在找什麼?

I like the white beards next to his mouth, which match the white hat on his head. 我喜歡他嘴巴旁邊的白色鬍子,正好搭配他頭上的白色帽子。

I like the white beards next to his mouth, which match the white hat on his head. 我喜歡他嘴巴旁邊的白色鬍子,正好搭配他頭上的白色帽子。

Aha, so you came to my balcony for breakfast. 啊哈,原來你是為了早餐而來我的陽台的。

Aha, so you came to my balcony for breakfast. 啊哈,原來你是為了早餐而來我的陽台的。

He picked up the fruit of the parasol leaf tree and showed it to me with his crooked tongue. 他叼起血桐的果子,並用彎曲的舌頭頂著果子向我炫耀。

He picked up the fruit of the parasol leaf tree and showed it to me with his crooked tongue. 他叼起血桐的果子,並用彎曲的舌頭頂著果子向我炫耀。

Although the capsules of the parasol leaf tree look like the evil bacteria in the cartoon film, the fruits that are protected inside are favorite breakfasts for birds. 雖然血桐的蒴果長得像是卡通影片中的邪惡細菌,但被保護在裡面的果子,可是鳥鳥們喜愛的早餐。

Although the capsules of the parasol leaf tree look like the evil bacteria in the cartoon film, the fruits that are protected inside are favorite breakfasts for birds. 雖然血桐的蒴果長得像是卡通影片中的邪惡細菌,但被保護在裡面的果子,可是鳥鳥們喜愛的早餐。

to be continued... (未完待續...)

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Adrian Morris 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Great photos.

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Tsao T-F Replied to Adrian Morris 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Thanks Adrian!smile

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Tom Snider 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Great shots, Tsao, and your description of the fruit as evil bacteria is perfect.

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Tsao T-F Replied to Tom Snider 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Glad you like evil, but cute guys. Thanks Tom!!smile

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Rosen Georg 1 month, 2 weeks ago

#8nice eye !!

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Tsao T-F Replied to Rosen Georg 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the comment. smile

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Camellia Staab 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Love how you were able to capture him in #5...his neck looks really stretched out.

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Tsao T-F Replied to Camellia Staab 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Indeed.smile Thanks for your words Camellia.

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Leon Linder 1 month, 2 weeks ago

We all can use a better connection and understanding of nature all around us. Thank you for presenting that connection.herbhoneybee

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Tsao T-F Replied to Leon Linder 1 month, 2 weeks ago

I like to know how the creatures in our world work. Thanks for the comment Leon.smile

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