Saturday, July 23, 2011

White Bengal trumpet(নীল লতা) - Thunbergia grandiflora

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ফুলটি সম্পর্কে কারো কাছে অধিক তথ্য জানা থাকলে নীচে মন্তব্য করুন...
Please comment if you know more about this interesting flower...

Bengal Trumpet is a perennial climbing vine grows at several places of Bangladesh. I have seen this flower around the mango garden at Rajshahi(রাজশাহী) before. This plant pertains to the plant family Acanthaceae. Scientific/botanical name of the flower is Thunbergia grandiflora. It has several colors, but I am delineating the white/bluish one.

This flower is native to Indian region including Bangladesh(বাংলাদেশ). But it was first identified from our Bangladesh(বাংলাদেশ). So botanist prefer to call this as Bengal Trumpet. Both in Bangla(বাংলা) and Hindi, this flower is known as Neel Lota(নীল লতা). It has different names around the world like Bengal Clock Vine, Large-flowered Thunbergia, Trumpet Vine, Blue Trumpet etc.

Flower looks like white from far sight. But if you observe the flowers more closely, you'll find a sky blue shade over those white petals. Flower looks like tubular and have a trumpet shape. Inside the flower is a bit hollow, and color is very very light yellow there. Flower blooms at morning and demise before afternoon. The seed pods of this plant are shaped like a cone.

This plant is a twining vine and the stems are a bit woody. Leafs are a bit larger in size and have a shape of heart. Bengal Trumpet is a very aggressive plant and can grow very fast. In Bangladesh, its just a weed but at some countries this is using as an ornamental plant at the fence or gate. Since it grows very fast, it can occupy the whole fence within no time.

Photos of this article were taken from Bandarban(বান্দরবান), during my tour at November 2009. It was my colleagues who have snapped the photos.

Updated: 03 September 2011, Added below three photos from my Rajkandi(রাজকান্দি) tour of 2011.

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