Friday, February 20, 2009

Flourishing Wintersweet

The wintersweet flowers (Chimonanthus praecox) in CAU campus are flourishing these days, much later than those in Kunming, Yunnan Province.

Plum flowers are considered as a symbol of perseverance in Chinese culture, for they only bloom in cold winters. "Plum flowers braving the snow", as the saying goes. Most people believe that wintersweet is a kind of plum. However, plum belongs to the family of Rosaceae, but wintersweet is a member of Calycanthaceae. Now you see, they are totally different species.

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  1. Mingfei I'm just so amazed to watch all your pics. You are a blistering photographer man. Keep it moving. I'm also the same. I'm studying for a bachelor's degree in softwares. At leisure times, I too, take pictures, but I'm not a good photographer like you. Do watch my pics. on my blog-

  2. I love seeing the flowers, plants and bugs from ther contries to compare with what we have here Mingfei. These are beautiful.