我們現在去看看——荒廢的農田變成怎樣了?

 

Let’s go and have a look –— how are the abandoned farmlands now?

 
 
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就在距離鹿地塘二河不遠的地方,我們可以看到棄耕農地。

We can see the abandoned farmlands near the tributary of Luk Tei Tong River.

棄耕的農地未能充分被善用生產糧食,更令入侵物種——薇甘菊有可乘之機。薇甘菊的別名是Mile-a-minute Weed,意即「一分鐘蔓延一英里的雜草」,生長速度驚人。它生長的時候會覆蓋和抑制其他植物,使其他植物難以進行光合作用而死亡,霸佔生長空間。

 

低窪而且陽光充足的荒廢農田便是它最喜愛的地方之一。因此,在不少新界的荒廢農地,薇甘菊的蔓延情況非常嚴重。

 

Abandoned farms are not fully utilized on growing food, what even worse is its vulnerability to the invasive vine -- Mikania. Mikania is called the “Mile-a-minute Weed”, meaning that it sprawls out rapidly-- even a mile in a minute. Rapid-growing Mikania covers up other plants along its way, and cuts out the light for photosynthesis for other plants and “kill” them. By doing so, it can occupy the growing spaces.

 

Low-lying abandoned farmlands with ample sunlight are one of its favorite habitats. So the Mikania problem is particularly serious in many abandoned  farmlands in the New Territories.

薇甘菊的葉片呈較尖的心形,

邊緣有不規則粗鋸齒

(攝於梅窩)

Leaves of Mikania is characterized by its heart shape with a sharp end. The leaf margin is irregularly dentate.

(Photo taken in Mui Wo)