China's Flora Tour: a flower in the shape of broken bowl
By Zhu Yingming

Ivy glorybind, or Calystegia hederacea, is a species of the glorybind family.

The family has some flowers in the shape of the broken bowl, which may have led to an old Chinese saying: "To pluck the glorybind, is dropping the bowl from your hand."

The ivy glorybind. /VCG Photo

The ivy glorybind. /VCG Photo

The annual herb is well adapted to cold and hot environments.

It usually blossoms from July to September, and can be found in a wide range of elevations on plains and plateaus.

China's Flora Tour

From the wetlands along the coast to the dense rain forests hidden in the southwest of China, all boast an array of plant species. In this series, we will go on a tour to learn about some of the most iconic flora in different provinces and see how they live in harmony with the local climate and topography.

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(Cover image via VCG, designed by CGTN's Li Yueyun. Video by CGTN Nature film crew)

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