Thursday, September 1, 2011

Cluster Fig(ডুমুরের ফুল): Ficus hispida

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ডুমুরের ফুল কে অনেকেই ফল হিসেবে জানে, অনেকেই আবার গোটা বলেই চেনে. কিন্তু এইটাই যে গাছটার ফুল, অনেকেই তা জানে না. আমাদের বাংলা সাহিত্যে ডুমুর নিয়ে অনেক প্রবাদ, বাগধারা আছে. সাহিত্যিকদের মতে ডুমুরের ফুল দেখা আর সাপের পা দেখা অনেক টা একই রকম ঘটনা. যাই হউক, আমাদের দেশে দুই ধরনের ডুমুর দেখা যায়. আমি এখানে কাক ডুমুরের কিছু ছবি দিলাম. যারা এই ফুল চিনিনা, তাদের সুবিধা হবে.

Dumur(ডুমুর) used to grow around wet lands, specially around the ponds, canals etc. This is normally a shrubby type of semi/evergreen tree and can become a medium size tree sometimes(It can reach up to 10 meter). The stems are almost soft, so hard to climb for a grown up human. I have seen lot of kids playing around such kind of trees and also I have experienced such pleasure during my childhood.

The leafs are a bit larger in size and very rough at both sides. Rubbing the leafs over the skin will leave scratching marks over that. It produces a fruit like round object, and the flower used to be inside that round fruit like object. It used to produce such flower more or less every season in Bangladesh, but you'll find more during rainy season.

Scientific name of this plant is Ficus hispida. It belongs to the plant family Moraceae. English name of the plant is Cluster Fig. In our country, we call this as Dumur(ডুমুর).

We don't used to plant this tree intentionally, it grows naturally without any nurturing. To our villagers, it is kinda useless tree. Only they can use this tree as wood supply for their burners. Though the fruits of this plant can be used to recover belly pain and other sickness related to that portion, but we are not aware of that.

Photos of this article were taken from Shonargaon(সোনারগাঁও), during my tour at August 2011.

ফুলের জন্য ভালবাসা, আমি বুনো ফুল

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