Saturday, June 18, 2011

Shoti Ful(শটি ফুল) - Wild Turmeric

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Today I am going to add the Shoti Ful(শটি ফুল) at my blog. I am not sure about the scientific name and the English name of this flower. Since I found this at jungle of hilly areas from Bangladesh and almost looks like the turmeric(flower, plant, smell). So I am calling this as Wild Turmeric. And the botanical/scientific name of this flower is Curcuma Aromatica. This flower is indigenous to South Asia.

This flower is available around the red soiled land(Savar(সভার), Comilla(কুমিল্লা), Mymensing(ময়মনসিংহ)) and the hilly area of Chittagong. It will be hard for you to distinguish this flower from the Turmeric flower, if you are not an expert. The flower is having pink(magenta, purple) petals and directly connected with the root(rhizomes) of the plant. It doesn't have any leaf around the flower. People use this plant as cosmetic herbal(sometimes as medicine too).

Shoti Flower(শটি ফুল) used to bloom during the later part of the Winter and the initial part of Spring. During the winter the plant dies, but the rhizomes used to be dormant at the whole season. But at the end of the winter it's used to bloom, and interestingly you'll not see any leafs around the flower. It's kinda amazing that only a flower in the middle of dread place. During rainy season, this plant used to produce leaf, and those used to grow extremely fast.

This flower used to bloom at the early morning(sometimes at evening) stay fresh for the whole day. Next day you'll not find this flower around that place. Only a single day life time. The pictures I have used for this post was snapped from Sitakunda(সীতাকুন্ড) Echo Park of Chittagong, during my tour at March/April of 2010.

ফুলের জন্য ভালবাসা, আমি বুনো ফুল

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