121103 – Ivy Tree & Bee

Ivy tree (Schefflera octophylla) is a native tree species in Hong Kong flowering from November to December, its decent smell attracts insects like bees and butterflies for its nectar. In Southern China, the honey produce is called “Winter honey” or “Ivy tree honey”. The peel of ivy tree’s root and stem is also one of the main ingredients in the famous herbal tea in Hong Kong – 24 flavours.

There’s also an interesting article on its binomial name, whether it is “Schefflera octophylla” or “Schefflera heptaphylla“, which can be found in Hong Kong University School of Biological Sciences’s website.

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