1968-1972 Campaign in Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea


1968-1972 Campaign in Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea

Shiu-ying Hu, 1956

Shiu Ying Hu with Hemerocallis planting on Bussey Hill Road. June, 1956. Photographer unknown.

Dr. Shiu Ying Hu visited Hong Kong four times between 1968 and 1972 to investigate the flora of Hong Kong and make collections of herbarium specimens, seed,s and live plants for the Arnold Arboretum and Chung Chi College. During this time, she agreed to teach a course on the Taxonomy of Angiosperms at Chung Chi College (a part of the Chinese University of Hong Kong) in exchange for access to the college’s herbarium so she could process and study her collections. A detailed account of Hu’s fieldwork in Hong Kong (as well as visits to Korea and Japan) from September 1968 to June 1969 is published in Arnoldia (30:1). Hu said the two most memorable moments in Hong Kong were seeing the living of Camellia granthamiana which yielded the type specimen (a permanent reference point when a plant species is first named) on Tai Mo Shan, and the rediscovery Manglietia fordiana — a tree thought to have been lost in the 1940s. Additionally, Hu made extensive collections in the mangroves on islands surrounding Hong Kong. In 1969 alone, Hu collected some 2250 herbarium specimens to document the flora of Hong Kong. And, she  brought to the Arboretum approximately 30 live plants of daylilies (Hemerocallis spp.), one of which, Hemerocallis fulva var. disticha (AA 628-69*MASS) was collected in Osaka, Japan, and thrives on the grounds today.

Additional Resources Hu, Shiu Ying. “Report from Hong Kong.” Arnoldia 30(1) 1970 [pdf].