花筏 (はないかだ)Helwingia

The tiny flowers of this plant bloom from the central part of the leaf surface. It looks as if the flowers are carried on a green raft, so it is called (花 hana = flower) + (筏 ikada = raft) or helwingia. I had only known it from the pages of an illustrated book; but one day recently, I was strolling in a park near my house and chanced upon this flower. In this season, a lot of colorful flowers bloom in profusion, so who even notices the helwingia ? But one small insect approaches it …

a poor talker, though

blessed with a few good friends –

the secret helwingia

5 Responses to “花筏 (はないかだ)Helwingia”

  1. Hi,
    Loved your haiku, and the flower/leaf bit.
    My first attempt to your site…thank you sincerely.
    I live in Ireland…for my/our Sins.
    Not too sure of how to write a haiku, so..

    wide world

    enfolding

    ensuring

  2. Thank you Jim.
    And welcome to our site!
    I like haikus,that’s all.
    I am not good at English.
    But Tito’s magic word “all of you are poets …” encourages me.
    You are already a poet, too.

  3. Thank you for introducing this very remarkable plant, Nico.
    A secret treasure indeed….

  4. It’s so shy and lovely! I will keep eyes open for it– though I don’t know if it blooms in America… what a gift to show us to us all, in both image and words.

  5. I apologize to chibiさん and Gabi Greveさん heartily.
    The warm message from you two have disappeared.
    It seems that I made a mistake accidentally in the operation of the PC.
    I will carry below copys.Please enjoy this blog from now on.
    ☆chibi/Thu, 15 May 2008
    new leaves
    ride cataractous air —
    manga hero
    ☆Gabi Greve/Fri, 16 May 2008
    Thanks for introducing a great plant !

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