|A Hong Kong beauty in Malaysia!|
The Bauhinia blakeana is the floral emblem of Hong Kong. It is depicted as white in the Hong Kong SAR flag. B. blakeana is thought to be the natural hybrid of B. purpurea and B. variegata.
'Blakeana' is named in honour of Sir Henry Blake, the British Governor of Hong Kong from 1898-1903. The tree was discovered around 1880 by French missionaries who found a singer tree growing near the ruins of a house in Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong. They took cuttings of the original plant and the cuttings rooting successfully. A speciman was given to the Hong Kong Botanic Gardens.
This plant is only known in cultivation and all cultivted trees are thought to have originated from the one at the HK Botanic Gardens.
“Bauhinia blakeana - The Hong Kong Orchid Tree”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ http://www.mynicegarden.com/ on June 5th, 2011.
|Butterfly Park in Bukit Tinggi 2, Klang|
Photographs taken at: My neighbourhood Public Park and along roadside.
|Orchid flowers, butterfly leaves.|
The flowers of the B. blakeana looks similar to those of B. purpurea. The most obvious difference is that B. blakeana is sterile, hence there are no fruit pods and seeds. Propagation is by cuttings and air-layering.
If you see fruit/seed pods hanging from the tree, then it is not B. blakeana.
The flowers are showy and they remain opened for a few days. They exude a rich, heady perfume which attracts bees and butterflies. Blooming occurs about once every 6 months. The tree is a home and nesting site for some birds.
|A camel's foot or horse hoof? Or is it a loving heart? But what about butterfly wings?|
depending on how you look at it.
|B. blakeana trees along Jln Batu Unjur, Bayu Perdana, Klang|
The Tree Treatment
- Some people like the trees and they appreciate their aesthetic beauty and contribution to a green and healthy environment.
- Some are put-off by the untidy sight of fallen leaves, twigs and flowers.
- Some view the trees as an obstrution, hence want to poison the tree to death
- Some view them as a danger to lives caused by falling branches and uprooted tree, hence they want to remove the tree
- Some think that the trunk is very useful as a place to hang advertisements and notices (of sale, meeting, marriage, engagement, funeral, etc).
- Some like the shade and use the strategic location to park their roadside food stall
- Some throw rubbish near the base of the tree - to mulch the tree?
- Some regard the tree as a sacred dwelling place for a deity.
- Some people climb up a tree to get a better view of something or some event