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Plants & Us
Posted Date: Wednesday 10 June 2020
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 streams in the island. The aim was to collect seeds of plants that grow well in bright, open areas. All necessary permits had already been issued by AFCD for KFBG to collect seeds in Hong Kong’s wild areas and Country Parks. All collections sourced in this way serve as the foundation for our conservation work and facilitate deeper biological and horticultural study.
Plants & Us
Posted Date: Wednesday 29 January 2020
Lunar New Year is not only the most important festival in the Chinese calendar, it is also the time of year in which many native Hong Kong plants come into bloom. As these beauties break bud, their flowers radiate a kaleidoscope of pink, rose, crimson and scarlet, complimenting the vibrant New Year atmosphere. Let me introduce you to four new year beauty queens that are coming into flower in our garden right now...
Plants & Us
Posted Date: Wednesday 15 January 2020
In 2017, staff of KFBG’s Flora Conservation Department (FLO) made an exciting discovery through BGCI’s (Botanic Gardens Conservation International) Plant Search, a database designed to help botanic gardens share material for conservation purposes...
Plants & Us
Posted Date: Wednesday 8 January 2020
In the summer of 2018, the most intense super-typhoon ever to directly hit Hong Kong brought flooding, power outages and widespread damage to buildings and property. Super typhoon Mangkhut also uprooted thousands of trees across the region, blocking roads and making it practically impossible for thousands of people to get back to work the following day. However, the impacts of this extensive treefall could be seen far beyond the built-up areas of the city...
Plants & Us
Posted Date: Monday 6 January 2020
Phalaenopsis pulcherrima is an alluring, rock-dwelling orchid that is supremely adapted to growth in a hot, dry climate. Its wiry roots anchor the plant to exposed, sunbaked rocks where few other species can survive, and its clustered, succulent leaves withstand high temperatures and extended periods of drought. However, its gorgeous flowers that bloom through the summer monsoon and which come in a range of colours have been its downfall: intensive collection for the ornamental plant trade has led to the decimation of populations throughout its native range in tropical Asia...