KFBG Blog: Plants & Us
Restoring lost habitat for Hong Kong’s largest butterfly, the Golden Birdwing
The Golden Birdwing (Troides aeacus) is a rare butterfly that is only known from a few localities in Hong Kong. With black and yellow accented wings and a wingspan of up to 16 cm, it can look like a ...
Rehderodendron kwangtungense
Bidding farewell to the long, rigorous dry season this year, the steady drizzle of March is just enough to prod the sprout of seeds and pique the first blooms of Spring. This year, our Rehderodendro...
The Chinese New Year Flower is in full bloom at KFBG
The Chinese New Year Flower (Enkianthus quinqueflorus) is now flowering. You are welcome to visit this spectacular flower on the Enkianthus Walk in the upper area of KFBG!Enkianthus quinqueflorus is...
【Nature’s Muralists】To marvel at the microscopic world of lichens is to embrace mutualism
Though lichens and fungi may, at first glance, be judged to resemble one another, they are in fact very different life forms. Actually, fungi make up just one half of the magic of lichens. A lichen ...
A possible new species of pangolin found in illegal wildlife trade
Thanks to open source data and knowledge exchange, a piece of exciting but sad news has rolled in just before the end of the year. Using the DNA data published by KFBG scientists on the trade of wild...
An awesome find to kickstart this fruiting season! Discovery of Aphanamixis polystachya – a new record of a tropical lowland tree species for Hong Kong
A. polystachya Fruits of A. polystachya through binoculars Leaves of A. polystachya through binoculars Just as the fruiting season begins, we are thrilled to announce the discovery in Hong Kon...
Dictyophora indusiata
Following a trail of a horrendous odor, we were presented with this strange-looking organism. This is a Long Net Stinkhorn (Dictyophora indusiata), a fungus in the Phallaceae family a family that is...
Our trees are under attack! But could these hungry marauders actually be helping our forest along?
An army of slug moth caterpillars was spotted on one of our Cyclobalanopsis edithiae trees at our forest restoration site this summer. This was both a blessing and a curse. The return of insects is a...
Interview with KFBG Botanical Artist-in-Residence, Mark Isaac-Williams
The practice of botanical illustration has been around for centuries. Some of the first documented botanical discoveries date back to the 15th to 18th centuries, when explorers and scientists went o...
A Sneak Peek at Our Seed Handling Process
On a cool, sunny day, our team ventured onto Lantau Island, the largest island of Hong Kong, to collect seeds of native plants for conservation. The route planned for the day stretched across two str...