Have you ever seen any flowers like a pigeon? If not, You’d come to Zhangjiajie. Guests who are to visit Zhangjiajie during the May Day holiday will be very lucky, for pigeon flowers would be in full bloom in Zhangjiajie Wulingyuan core scenic area such as Yellow Stone Village since the Grain Rain(The last solar term of Chinese lunar calendar, When weather gets much warmer and it is good for the growth of agriculture products). With gentle breezes, faint fragrance is very refreshing. Its beautiful shape just likes a pigeon, which has attracted many guests to take photos.
Pigeon flower trees, also called chinese dove tree, is an uniquely Chinese First-grade Protection Plant and one of the 10 ornamental famous trees. It is a deciduous tree. Its DBH is usually 50 centimeters and it is 15 to 30 meters high.It is called “Pigeon flower” for its inflorescence like a head of bird, its bract as white and big as wings of a white flying pigeon. Since it tokens sanctity and and peace, people adore it very much. Its flower period lasts between the late April and the middle of May.
Zhangjiajie Wulingyuan core scenic area is the world’s natural heritage site, The world’s geological park, and the first national forest park in China. It is a very important ancient relic biological growth area with 3 thousand advanced plants,among which 35 were listed as rare and endangered plants including pigeon flower trees.
Translated by Zumi