Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Trumpet Creeper - Campsis radicans

Common Name : Trumpet Creeper, Flamenco Trumpet, etc.
Botanical Name : Campsis radicans
Family : Bignoniaceae

I have never seen this flower in Bangladesh (বাংলাদেশ), but in Nepal (नेपाल) it was everywhere. This is commonly known as Trumpet vine, Trumpet creeper, etc. I don't know any Bengali (বাংলা) name for this beautiful looking flower. Its botanical name is Campsis radicans and belongs to the plant family Bignoniaceae. Trumpet creeper is mainly native to the North American region.

Trumpet creeper is a deciduous high climber woody vine plant that usually grows around 20-30 ft in height (with strong support). Its leafs are dense and a perfect place for nesting for the small birds like hummingbird, etc. Pinnate leafs of this plant are dark green but touching the leaf can cause itching or allergic reaction to the skin. Probably for this reason this plant is also known as Cow Itching vine at North America, where it it native.

Flowers of Trumpet Creeper are showy and very much attractive. It has a color of a mixture of red and orange. Trumpet or funnel shaped flowers bloom as a cluster. These flowers are very much attractive for the birds, specially the Hummingbirds. During it's blooming season it brings lot of flowers continuously.

This creeper has covered a supporting tree totally and resembles as a plant itself. The vine brought lot of red-orange attractive Trumpet flowers on it. This photo was taken from the Garden of Dreams.

Photos of this article were taken from the Kathmandu, Nepal (काठमाडौं, नेपाल) during the May 2014. The flowers were hanging at the outside of a wall from a private property.

This article is written by Lonely Traveler,
for the blog http://icwow.blogspot.com/

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bashok Ful (বাসক ফুল) - Justicia adhatoda

Common Name : Malabar Nut, Vasaka, etc.
Bengali Name : Bashok (বাসক ফুল).
Botanical Name : Justicia adhatoda
Synonym : Adhatoda vasica
Family : Acanthaceae

Its a herbal plant, highly medicinal and well known at Indian subcontinent. This plant is native to this South Asian region along with Malaysia and China. Botanical name of this plant is Justicia adhatoda. It belongs to the plant family Acanthaceae. In our country Bangladesh (বাংলাদেশ) it is known as Bashok (বাসক), Basak (বাসক), etc. In other countries it is know as Malabar Nut, Vasaka, etc.

Basak (বাসক) is an evergreen shrub plant that can grow around 2 meter in height. Leafs are lens shaped, large and can be up to a foot in length. These leafs are arranged oppositely around the stem with a short petioles. Leafs are shiny when young but become brownish green color at the later age.

As Basak (বাসক) is a herbal plant, that's why it is not being cherished as an ornamental flowering plant. Basak flowers (বাসক ফুল) are white in color with having a hood. Flowers use to bloom in a cluster where the cluster having a shape of the tip of a spear. At the lower lip of the flower it's petal has a violet colored corrugated texture. The fruit of the plant is like the Nuts and having plenty of seeds inside that.

Basak (বাসক) has numerous uses as Herbal, Ayurvedic, Unani, etc systems of medicine. The Root and bark of the plant is very useful against the cough, asthma, etc. People in our country have been mixing the honey with the squeezed juice of the leafs to cure the colds of children.

Photos of this article were taken from the Mymensingh Botanical Garden (ময়মনসিংহ বোটানিক্যাল গার্ডেন) of Bangladesh (বাংলাদেশ) during the month of March 2013.

Another similar plant like this Bashok (বাসক) is Tamropuspi Basok(তাম্রপুষ্পি বাসক): Phlogacanthus pubinervius.

This article is written by Lonely Traveler,
for the blog http://icwow.blogspot.com/

ফুলের জন্য ভালবাসা, আমি বুনো ফুল...

Friday, August 15, 2014

Gopalganj - Ulpur Jomidar Bari (উলপুর জমিদার বাড়ী)

Saturday, 22 June 2013

After visiting the Arpara Munsi Bari(আড়পাড়া মুন্সীবাড়ী), we headed for the Ulpur Jomidar Bari (উলপুর জমিদার বাড়ী) which is located a bit North from there. It was around 10 Taka per person 'Easy Bike' ride that place. After reaching the Uplur (উলপুর) we have hired an aged rickshaw puller to help us explore the area. Basically it was around 6:00 PM at the afternoon. So we had only few minutes left before the sunset. Also, its a village like area, and we had to return back to Dhaka on time. That's why everything went through in a hurry.

The Ulpur Jomidar (উলপুর জমিদার) family was a bit larger. They were living in small small houses around the place. Most of these houses are standing firmly even in these days. Few of those old edifices are two stored building. Most of those are occupied by the government's service offices like post office, land registry office, health office, etc. So I'll suggest you to visit this area during the weekends or at holidays.

Small tea stall type of shops have grown in front of one of those archaic edifice.

We didn't get much time to explore these area. After visiting only two houses we have returned back to the bus stoppage to catch the bus. Our next destination was to reach at the Tekerhat (টেকেরহাট) of Madaripur (মাদারীপুর). From there the bus of Dhaka was available. We have ridden on a local bus and it was running through the straight road that was exactly beside the Beel Route Canal(বিল রুট ক্যানেল). It was probably the day before the full moon and it was glowing on our right side and the straight canal was on our left. It was an awesome ride that day.

How to go:

Ulpur Jomidar Bari (উলপুর জমিদার বাড়ী) is a less visited place by the travelers. Also, the small small buildings are scattered around. So its not a specific edifice you are visiting from here. Rather you have to find out the buildings from around. My suggestion will be to come at the Ulpur Union (উলপুর ইউনিয়ন) first, after that hire a rickshaw and explore the historic area.

1. You can come to the Ulpur (উলপুর) Bus Stand. You can come to this place using a hired bike, public bus or anything from the Gopalganj (গোপালগঞ্জ) town. GPS Coordinate of the bus stand is (23° 3'48.57"N, 89°50'20.09"E).

2. From there take a rickshaw and ask him to play around the old houses of Ulpur Jomidar Bari (উলপুর জমিদার বাড়ী). Better hire the rickshaw puller for hourly basis instead of fixed price. You can start from this location (23° 4'12.59"N, 89°50'1.74"E) to explore the area.

This area is scattered with lot of this kind of small houses.

I think this is an old temple that was used by the inhabitants from these aristocrat families.

This temple is surrounded by water from the rain.

This photo was taken from the Ulpur Bridge.

Ulpur Jomidar Bari (উলপুর জমিদার বাড়ী),
Village: Ulpur (উলপুর),
Union: Ulpur (উলপুর),
Upazila: Gopalganj Sadar (গোপালগঞ্জ সদর),
DIstrict: Gopalganj (গোপালগঞ্জ),
Country: Bangladesh (বাংলাদেশ)

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