Sunday, March 24, 2013

Manuka flowers...

Posted once before on this plant (see here)...
We have two such plants and they come under of the care of my suweeto haato...
Native to New Zealand and southeast Australia... 
Scientific name is 'Leptospermum scoparium' and the common name ranges from manuka, manuka myrtle, New Zealand tea-tree, to broom tea-tree...
The Japanese name is 'Gyo-ru bai' and although pronounced similarly, the characters takes four different forms  (1)ギョリュウバイ(2)檉柳梅 (3)魚柳梅 (4)御柳梅... 
A bit confusing isn't it?
The famous manuka honey gets its name from this plant/flower...
Now, if only I can get into bee-keeping...
The leaves can also be used as tea although our plants are still a bit too small for leaf-harvesting...