Wetland workers find new bauhinia

Central Station | Carine Chow 23 Apr 2021

Wetland conservation work has paid off - a plant called Bauhinia Apertilobata has been discovered in Hong Kong for the first time at Sha Lo Tung, the home to dragonflies.

Nicknamed the "Dragonflies Paradise," the wetland at Sha Lo Tung has been deteriorating over the years but since 2018 conversation group Green Power has been doing work there.

They found the new plant during an ecological survey last June. The plant can be identified by the short hair on its twigs, stem and inflorescence, shallow slits on the leaves and pale green petals.

The tree belongs to the same family as Hong Kong's emblem, Bauhinia blakeana, or Hong Kong orchid tree.

Tommy Yu Kin-kong, Green Power's assistant education and project manager, who is responsible for the Sha Lo Tung conservation project, said they have discovered many rare species in the restored wetland.

He said this showed the restoration was going smoothly and the newly discovered Bauhinia Apertilobata points to Sha Lo Tung's unique ecological value.

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