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Shenzhen Eco-Leisure Trail
HABITAT & VEGETATION
The habitat along the Eco Leisure Trail is extensively planted with the Lemon Scented Gum (Eucalyptus citriodora) and Swamp Mahogany (Eucalyptus robusta) species of Eucalyptus. Most of the trees at Mission Hills are native species that breed naturally or become naturalized over a considerably long period of time in an area. Compared to exotic trees, native trees are favored by local wildlife such as bats and birds, which have evolved to feed on them, and are therefore more beneficial to biodiversity and the local ecological community.
Plant Species
Various plants can be found along the trail, from herbs, grasses, vines, and shrubs to trees. Below are some of the most common species:
  • Slash Pine (Pinus elliottii)
  • Fragrant Litsea / Mountain-pepper (Litsea cubeba)
  • Thin Evodia (Melicope pteleifolia)
  • Ivy Tree (Schefflera heptaphylla)
  • Mountain Tallow Tree (Sapium discolor)
  • Hairy Fig (Ficus hirta)
  • Rose Myrtle (Rhodomyrtus tomentosa)
  • Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis indica)
  • Hairy-fruited Abacus Plant (Glochidion eriocarpum)
  • Waxy Leaf (Breynia fruticosa)
  • Common Melastoma (Melastoma candidum)
  • Rough-leaved Holly (Ilex asprella)
  • Red Psychotria (Psychotria asiatica)
  • Narrow-leaved Screwtree (Helicteres angustifolia)
  • Greenbrier (Smilax china)
  • Glabrous Greenbrier (Smilax glabra)
  • Uvaria (Uvaria macrophylla)
  • Rusty-haired Raspberry (Rubus reflexus)
  • Creeping Psychotria (Psychotria serpens)
  • Singapore Daisy (Wedelia trilobata)
  • Chinese Silvergrass (Miscanthus sinensis)
  • Dianella (Dianella ensifolia)
Common Melastoma (Melastoma candidum)
Red Psychotria (Psychotria asiatica)
Ferns
Ferns are a group of non-flowering plants which produce spores on sporangia borne on the lower surface or edge of their leaves (called “fronds”).
The Dichotomy Forked Fern (Dicranopteris pedata), one of the most common ferns in Guangdong, dominate hilltops with exposed and dry conditions. These ferns, light green in color and tough in texture, have shallow roots and fronds that can cover a wide area. Ecologically, they are important for binding soil particles and reducing soil erosion.
SPECIAL FEATURES
Common Plant Species on Local Hillsides
Hairy-fruited Abacus Plant
Wodland Birds
Common Kingfisher
Swallowtails Butterflies
Hainan Hill Partridage
SPECIAL FEATURES
Common Plant Species on Local Hillsides
Hairy-fruited Abacus Plant
Wodland Birds
Common Kingfisher
Swallowtails Butterflies
Hainan Hill Partridage