Japanese Plants 6-Daphne odora, Cabbage and Orchid [Original-Photography]

During the cherry blossom appreciation trip in Japan, besides cherry blossom appreciation, I also photographed many plants I have seen or never seen before and shared them with my friends. Among them, the first ones that have been seen and the first ones that have not been seen are published one by one, and explanations are attached as far as possible for reference.

In Nara’s Wanye Botanical Garden, we saw a plant with pink flowers, emitting strange fragrance. When we came back to the Flower Stepping Forum, we confirmed that it was Daphne odora.

Daphne odora Thumb, also known as: Sleeping Fragrance, Penglai Purple, Fengliu Tree, Dew Armour, Daphne Blanc, Daphne hairy, Senecio, Ruilan, Snowflake Skin, Mountain Cotton Skin, Mountain Dream Flower, Evergreen Erect Shrub of Daphne family of Mallow. Branches stout, usually dichotomous, branchlets subterete, purplish red or purplish brown, glabrous. Leaves alternate, papery, oblong or obovate-oval, flowers lavender on the outside, fleshy red on the inside, glabrous, several to 12 flowers form terminal flower heads. Daphne odora originated from China and Japan and is a famous traditional Chinese flower. It is distributed in provinces and autonomous regions south of the Yangtze River Basin and also in Japan. Ganzhou City in Jiangxi Province listed it as a “city flower”. Root, bark, leaves and flowers are used as medicine, and the nature is pungent, sweet and warm. It is mainly used for treating sore throat, toothache and rheumatalgia. -Net Picking

In many places in Kyoto, one kind of flower border plant can be seen, which should be kale. However, in China, it is mostly low-rise, while here it is upward-growing. It was confirmed on the forum of stepping on flowers that it is kale.

In the virgin forest of Chunri Mountain, a parasitic plant attached to a big tree was seen. It was fleshy, with small leaves and thin stems. It was found to be orchid.

Hoya carnosa (L.f.) R. Br, also known as Malixie, Dog Tongue, Iron Foot, etc., belongs to the climbing shrub of the genus Hoya Carnosa (Asclepiadaceae, Asclepiadaceae, Asclepiadaceae, Asclepiadaceae, Asclepiadaceae, Asclepiadaceae, and is epiphytic on trees or stones. Vicious roots on stem nodes. Leaves opposite, fleshy, ovoid to ovoid-oblong. Indications: Clearing heat, eliminating phlegm, reducing swelling and relieving pain. It can be used for treating cough, carbuncle and swelling, scrofula, milk deficiency, joint pain and orchitis due to lung heat. -Net Picking

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Japanese Plants 6-Daphne odora, Cabbage and Orchid [Original-Photography]