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無間道:黑面神

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-         Infernal Affairs* IV:  “Black-faced God”

香港電影三集的"無間道",大受觀眾歡迎,成為佳話.在植物界中也有代表,名稱跨越植物界,神和鬼的三界.雖然是本地植物,常見,卻未必為人熟悉.學名Breynia fruticosa的植物英文名稱是waxy leaf,指它葉面蠟質的特性;中文名稱便要視乎它的狀態了.如果是黑色葉片的,便是黑面神;如果是葉面上有白線打圈的,便是鬼畫符.一棵植物,在神界和鬼界也有稱號,自然深懂無間之道.

黑面神.只要將葉片摘下來,一小時後葉上便出現黑斑,一天後葉片轉黑.

鬼畫符.在Breynia fruticosa搵食的潛葉蠅善用葉片每一個空間,無論左轉右轉,總會鑽出完美的圖案.

Hong Kong movie trilogy "Infernal Affairs" was an exceptionally hit not just in Hong Kong but also in other parts of the world.  It’s really a box-office miracle.  Actually, in the Plant Kingdom, there is also a representative which straddles among the Three Realms of “Plant kingdom”, “God” and “Ghosts”. Although it is a common local plant, it is not necessarily well-known.  Its botanical name is Breynia fruticosa, while its English name is waxy leaf which refers to the waxiness of its leaf surface.  It has two Chinese names.  Call it黑面神 (literally means “Black-faced God”) when the leaf blades are all black.  Or call it鬼劃符 (literally means ghost charm or illegible scribble) if there are erratic white lines on the leaf surface.  A plant with different appellations in different realms surely understands well all the codes and has its own way.

Black-faced God – Only in an hour after the leaf is plucked, black dots appear on the leaf blade.  In a day, it turns all black.

Ghost charm – Leaf miner of Breynia fruticosa fully utilizes each and every bit of the space in the leaves.  No matter how and where it turns makes perfect design pattern on the leaves.

*Its literal meaning in Chinese is “non-stop path”.  It actually means the lowest level of hell in Buddhism – Avici.

*translated by Mary Chung

作者: Leon Lau, 譯者: Mary Chung

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