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Interesting Story about Plants in HBNU
By Byeon Seo-young Cub Reporter, Junior of Industrial Management Engineering
There are a lot of plants around us. Do you know that plants in daily life have interesting background stories? If you know what kind of plants are on the campus of HBNU and what stories they have, then you can enjoy the campus even more than before. Let’s look around for the special stories about usual flowers and trees.
First is a small flower called Dak-ui-jang-pul (Commelina) that is located in most parts of HBNU. Its scientific name is Commelin, and the scientists Linnaeus named it in honor of three Dutch botanists. Linnaeus said, “Commelina has flowers with three petals, two of which are easily visible, while the third is not so conspicuous. Therefore, it’s name comes from the two botanists named Commelin. The less visible petal represents the third botanist who died before accomplishing anything in botany.” (Stearn p.100) In Korea, another story was passed down. Once upon a time, there were two strong men in a village. They always competed, but neither one of them was ever a successful winner. Finally, they dove under the water carrying a big rock, and had a competition to see who couldt stay the longest. Their wives stayed in front of the hen’s house all night to watch, but when the chickens started to cry in the morning, then the wives knew that their husbands had died. Eventually, the anxious wives also died of stress. Tthe blue flowers that later bloomed where they lay were called Dak-ui-jang-pul. The Dak-ui-jang-pul flower represents missing someone that you care about.
The tree that blooms in front of the Office of International Affairs (S0) is named Daeng-gang-na-mu (Abelia×grandiflora). White and light pink flowers bloom for 6-8 months from spring to autumn. The flower’s smell is very sweet. When its branches are bent, it makes a Daeng-gang sound. That’s why Daeng-gang-na-mu is called that. The tree that blooms light pink flowers is called the Kkot-daeng-gang-na-mu, and can be seen outside building S0. The name comes from the botanist, Dr. Clarke Abel. It indicates that the tree is a hybrid species through the combination used in its scientific name. If you walk in front of building S0, you can take a look at the flowers.
Next, the name of the clover (Trifolium repens) comes from promise, luck, and peace. It can be seen not only behind the design hall, but also around us on the campus. Each of the 4 different Trifolium repens leaves has a different meaning. The first leaf has the meaning of hope, the second is faith, the third is love, and the fourth is luck. You may remember trying to find a four-leaf clover when you were young? All 4 of the leaves had their own meanings.
The tale of the clover is related to Napoleon. Napoleon was being chased after losing the fight against Russia. During the retreat, Napoleon happened to see a four-leaf clover. Napoleon bowed down to pick it up. Then suddenly, a bullet passed over it. If Napoleon had not bowed his head, he would have died. People who heard this story believed that a four-leaf clover brought good luck.
I have investigated the background stories of many plants in HBNU. They are common plants, but each of these small plants has its own meaning, and a story which makes it special. Our lives are the same. I am just one person living in this world, but I live my life with my own story. No matter how normal or irrelevant it may seem, I am still a special being. Why don’t you look for these plants while walking through the HBNU campus? If you recognize the plant, then it’s story will become specialized, just like your own life story when you recognize yourself.