Enjoy wintersweet in the 12th lunar month with this map
Map of Wintersweet in Chongqing. (Picture provided by Chongqing Geographic Information Center and released by CQNEWS)
CHONGQING (CQNEWS) -- The Chongqing Urban Planning Bureau together with the Geographic Information Center has just released the Map of Wintersweet in Chongqing. Let’s check the locations of wintersweets with beewax-like color.
Actually wintersweet (La Mei in Chinese) is not a kind of “plum blossom” (Mei Hua in Chinese), and it even does not belong to the Rosaceae family that the plum blossom belongs to. Instead, it is a member of “Calycanthaceae”. The common yellow wintersweet belongs to Calycanthaceae Chimonanthus, which is unique to China, widely distributed in Sichuan, Chongqing, Shaanxi, Shandong, Hunan and Hubei. The flower has beewax-like color and is waxy (La in Chinese), and the flowering period is the same as that of plum (Mei in Chinese), so wintersweet is called “La Mei” (waxy plum) in Chinese.