Saturday, July 30, 2011

Shiv Jota(শিব জটা) - Acalypha hispida

বাসাবো বৌদ্ধ মন্দিরের এক কোনায় হঠাত ফুলটির দেখা পেয়ে গেলাম... এই ফুলটিকে অনেকে শিবঝুল বা শিবজটা বলেই চেনে...



Local name for this flower in Bangladesh(বাংলাদেশ) is ShibJhul(শিবঝুল), ShibJota(শিবজটা), etc. This is from the plant family Euphorbiaceae. It has several names around the world, such as Red Hot Cat's Tail, Fox Tail, Philippines Medusa, Chenile Plant, etc. It looks like a tail of a cat and possibly its the reason for having such names. Botanical name of the flower is Acalypha hispida.



This ornamental plant is shrubby type having a bit larger leafs. Flowers look like a tail of a cat and bright red in color(sometimes purple). With proper light, that tail can grow longer and brighter and used to sustain for a longer period at the tree. This plant propagates through the cutting of leafs and stems(hard to grow properly from seeds). The whole plant is poisonous if somehow ingested inside.



Images for this flower are taken from the Bashabo Buddha Mondir(বাসাবো বৌদ্ধ মন্দির), Dhaka(ঢাকা). Reference for the article is WikiPedia.

ফুলটি সম্পর্কে কারো কাছে অধিক তথ্য থাকলে নিচে মন্তব্য করুন...

Olot Kombol(ওলট কম্বল) - Abroma augusta

এখন বর্ষা কাল, ওলট কম্বল গাছে ফুল এসেছে... আরো কিছু দিন থাকবে... এর পরে শুধু ফল থাকবে... ফুলের দেখা মিলবে না...



People used to call this is as Devil's Cotton. Possible reason, it causes irritation to the skin by any kind of direct touches from the plant. This is known as Indian Hemp too. In Bangladesh(বাংলাদেশ), this is known as Ulot Kombol(ওলট কম্বল). Scientific/Botanical name of the plant is Abroma augusta. This plant pertains to the family Sterculiaceae. This great medicine plant is endemic to our Asia.



This plant used to grow at our jungle naturally. Often people from villages used to plant this herbal medicine plant at their yard. But now a days it is being seen at the mini gardens of 'house owners' from Dhaka. This plant grows around 2-3 meter in height and doesn't produce too many branches.

An immature fruit


Flowers used to bloom during the rainy season of Bangladesh(starting from April). Seeds are seen somewhere around July, August. It's a single flower(having five petals). Color of the flower is dark maroon with spoon shaped and the blossom of the flower used to be downwards from the tree. But interestingly the fruits from this plant used to be upwards.



This medical plant has uses for several urine related treatment for both male and female. The whole plant is capable to providing different kind of useful medicines. But once again beware from the plant(specially for kids). This can cause serious irritation over skin.

এই ঔষধি গাছ সম্পর্কে কারো কাছে অধিক তথ্য থাকলে নিচে মন্তব্য করুন...
Please comment if you know more about this 'medicine plant'...!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Mexican Heather - Cuphea hyssopifolia

This is a very tinny purple colored flower that I have found in front of the Shubolong Waterfall of Rangamati(রাঙামাটি). There were a bush of this flower plant around the stairs beside the waterfall. This flower doesn't not belongs to our country, but our weather seems suiting it comfortably.



This flower is actually endemic to the Mexico, Honduras, etc. It has several names across the world. These are Mexican Heather, False Heather, Hawaiian Heather, Elfin Herb, etc. This flower belongs to the plant family Lythraceae (loosestrife Family). Scientific/botanical name of the flower is Cuphea hyssopifolia.



The plant of false heather flower is an annual(but can be perennial based on tropical condition) and used to be an evergreen plant. Doesn't grow that much in height, but grows as a bush(highly brunched). Leafs are lens shaped and a bit glossy. Plant propagates through the cuttings, roots, and seeds. It is using as a bed or border at gardens.



The flower has six petals and slight yellow at the middle. It's petals can be white, purple, etc. But my one inside the article is purple color. This flower flourishes the flowers around the plant throughout the years without any limit. Being cheap and less care requiring, people are choosing this flower at their gardens now a days.



This plant is a weed at Hawaii but using as a garden flower at our country Bangladesh(বাংলাদেশ). Photos for this article were taken from Rangamati(রাঙামাটি), during my tour at July 2011.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hairy Okra(কালো কস্তুরী)-Pavonia cancellata



ফুলটি সম্পর্কে কারো কাছে অধিক তথ্য থাকলে নিচে মন্তব্য করুন...
Please comment, if you know more about this flower...



At 2009, during our tour at Bandarban, we have found this flower. It is almost identical to the Okra flower. Only difference is, okra is a shrubby plant, and this one is a herb. Right now I have only the images of the flower, and you can see the leafs around the flower are not belongs to that plant. That was another weed around the flower. So it is hard to identify the flower accurately.



Possibly this weed plant is Hibiscus cancellatus or Pavonia cancellata. For either cases, this plant pertains to the plant family Malvaceae. This is an annual herbaceous plant and can grow in spit of being thwarted from other proximity weeds.

Immature flowers are marked with red circle.


Flower has five light yellow petals and its a single day flower. Blooms at morning, and starts demising by the progressing of the day light.


Updated: 16 November 2011:
Recently I have found that an expert Botanist is calling this flower as Kalo Kosturee(কালো কস্তুরী) and botanical name is Hibiscus abelmoschus.

ফুলের জন্য ভালবাসা, আমি বুনো ফুল

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Rangamati: Wandering at Ghagra Jhiri(ঘাগরা ঝিরির আঁকে বাঁকে)

Friday, 15 July 2011




I have watched a video from YouTube and the uploader claimed that there is a waterfall near at Rangamati(রাঙামাটি) town which is larger than Shubolong Waterfall. In Bangladesh, its natural that you won't see too much flow from any waterfall without rainy season. Inspired by that video, at this rainy season I have decided to visit this waterfall and finally made it with few of my adventure lover office colleagues.



It was a team comprises of 8 member. So we have hired two CNG auto rickshaws from Rangamati(রাঙামাটি) town. Each of those did cost 200 Taka and dropped us to the Kolatoli(কলাতলী) of Ghagra(ঘাগরা). The place was near to the Ansar camp of Ghagra(ঘাগরা আনসার কেম্প). It was a 45 minutes of journey with enjoying the lash green bushes around the roads. It was raining, by the way. So we have enjoyed the whole twisting and turning road journey thoroughly.



After leaving the CNG, we have started to trek at the Jhiri Poth of Ghagra(ঘাগরা ঝিরি). It was only 1-2 kilometer walking distance through the adventurous Jhiri(ঝিরি) from that point. I have tried for GPS data from my phone, but it wasn't responding that time interestingly/annoyingly. It was raining slightly, so the weather was cool and ideal for trekking.



The path was rather facile, and only challenge was climbing 3/4 steeps(ঢাল) which were almost perpendicular amid of the Jhiri(ঝিরি). I have few female trekkers at my team and it was their very first time, but they have done that climbing in a courageous manner. I was always having an anxiety of leaving few of them behind for lack of stamina and strength, but I was proved wrong later. Those steps were sometimes slippy and didn't have any support(bushes, plant roots, etc) around to control your body balance.



Before starting the trekking I have noticed the less amount of water flow at the Jhiri(ঝিরি) and had an agitation about having no water at waterfall. Unfortunately the fear came true. When we have reached at the top of the Jhiri(ঝিরি), we have found almost no water at there, it was just a dried up place. Also hundreds of local tourists(mostly tribal) have gathered beneath the waterfall. It was a chaotic situation there. Possibly it was Friday, and most of them wanted to have a different flavor at the weekend like us.



Since most of them were local(around the village), few of them were drinking local wines, some were playing cards. I have found few of those stupids were out of control by the excessive drinking. They were vociferating among them around and making the situation even more worse. Frankly, the place was lovely, but the situation didn't allow me to stay more than five minutes. Also there was a turn at the left of the Jhiri(ঝিরি), I have left that Jhiri(ঝিরি) unexplored and returned back.

A waterfall, but no water even in a rainy day


It was at the middle of the rainy season, and when I was around the waterfall, it was raining. Even when I was returning back, It was raining heavily. Now my question is, why there wasn't any water even at a rainy season? This waterfall had plenty of water even at last year, but noting available this year. I believe we humans are responsible for demising of this promising beauty or Rangamati(রাঙামাটি).

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Bhringo Raj(ভৃঙ্গ রাজ) - Wedelia chinensis

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



Bhrinhoraj(ভৃঙ্গ রাজ) is an annual herb and grows at wet or moisture lands. It's common name is Chinese Wedelia. In Bangladesh, this is known as Bhringo Raj(ভৃঙ্গ রাজ), Bhim Raj(ভীম রাজ), etc. Scientific name of this plant is Wedelia chinensis. This herb belongs to the plant family Compositae an alias of Asteraceae(Sunflower family).



This hairy plant can grow somewhere between 15-25cm in height. Flowers are too small like the plants and hardly have any fragrance. Color of the flower is bright yellow. Like any other flowers from this family, it produces ton of seeds from a single flower. Plant disperses using the seeds or from root, or even from a stem having tiny amount of roots. This plant used to be considered as an weed, but not that much invasive(possible to control).



This neglected plant has lot of herbal medical uses. People are using the extracts from the leafs for hair growth and coating gray hair. It has uses for cough too. In Indian herbal, it is using for jaundice treatment. It has uses for eye, ear, and brain related issues too.



This plant is widely available everywhere in Bangladesh(বাংলাদেশ). I have taken the photos from Rangamati(রাঙামাটি), during my tour at July 2011.

ফুলের জন্য ভালবাসা, আমি বুনো ফুল

White Bengal trumpet(নীল লতা) - Thunbergia grandiflora

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.









ফুলের জন্য ভালবাসা, আমি বুনো ফুল

Friday, July 22, 2011

Dancing Girl Ginger - Globba schomburgkii



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



Well, this beautiful verdant orange colored flower pertaining to the plant family Zingiberaceae. All kind of gingers are from this family. The genus of this plant is Globba(derived from the Indonesian word 'galoba'). I am not sure from which species this plant belongs to. After surfing few days over internet, I have convinced to consider this as a species of schomburgkii. So the botanical name becomes Globba schomburgkii.



If I am correct about the identification, then this flower is called as Dancing Girl Ginger. This flower is native to Eastern India, Bangladesh, Thiland, Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia, etc. Some people used to call this as Burmese Dancing Girl. In Bangladesh, this is known as Bhui Ada(ভুই আদা) or Jongli Ada(জংলি আদা).



This is a perennial plant and used to be dormant during the whole winter. But get in life after the spring. Flowers used to bloom during the rainy season. In this article, the flowers are advent to bloom. It's almost a callow flower.



This flower has other names such as Ginger Lily, Globba Lily. Since I didn't see a 'mature dancing girl' flower. I don't know how this flower looks like. But should be similar to other Globba flowers. Plant uses to propagate through the bulbs and sometimes through seeds, though its hard to preserve the seeds.



These photos were taken from the Rangamati(রাঙামাটি), during my tour at July 2011. If I am wrong about identifying the flower, please comment below...

ফুলের জন্য ভালবাসা, আমি বুনো ফুল

Hatishur Ful(হাতিশুর ফুল) - Heliotropium indicum

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



This plant is known as Indian Heliotrope commonly. In Bangladesh(বাংলাদেশ), this is known as Hatishur(means the proboscis/trunk of an elephant). This plant from the family Boraginaceae and botanical/scientific name of the flower is Heliotropium indicum. At other places of the world, this plant is known as Indian turnsole, Buntut tikus, Tournesol indien etc. This plant is native to our Asia.



This annual herb predominantly grows at wetland or at the proximity of the wetlands. The stem of the plant is too hairy, and the leafs of the plant have a pungent smell. Hatishur(হাতিশুর) used to produce flowers throughout the whole year. This erect herb can grow up to 50cm sometime.



Indian heliotrope used to produce a long axis from the pinnacle of the stem and the small white to bluish flowers used to bloom at only one side(outer) the axis. Each small white flower from the inflorescence is tubular and widely spread. If you look the flower from my article, you'll find that the light yellow spot is available at the middle of the flower.



This unwanted weed has a lot of medical uses around the world. People uses the extract from the leafs of the plant to heal the wounds and to cure some skin diseases. At Malaysia, people uses the juice of this plant as an eye drop for conjunctivitis. Also this plant has some use for urine related problems. In fact the the whole plant has at least some medical uses.



I have taken the photos of this flower and plants from Rangamati(রাঙামাটি), during my tour at July 2011.

ফুলের জন্য ভালবাসা, আমি বুনো ফুল

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Lal Verenda(লাল ভেরেন্ডা) - Jatropha gossypifolia

রাঙামাটির ঝরনায় পানির দেখা না পেয়ে উদাস হয়ে আশে পাশে হাটাহাটি করার সময় এই ভেরেন্ডা ফুলটা চোখে পরে যায়... এইটা ভেরেন্ডার লাল প্রজাতি...



I am going to present the Red Veranda(লাল ভেরেন্ডা) flower today. This flower is known as Bellyache bush in English. Widely available at the high land of my country Bangladesh(বাংলাদেশ). This flower is from the family Euphorbiaceae. Scientific name of the flower is Jatropha gossypifolia.



Red Veranda is a shrubby plant, but grows as a tree and doesn't have any woody stem. Normally this is an evergreen plant, but can be deciduous during dry season. Leaf color is green when matured, but young leafs are dark reddish. Few of these plants can grow more than 4 meter sometimes.



Red Veranda flower is extremely beautiful. Color of the flower is dark red or scarlet. It has five thick petals. At the same tree you can find both male and female flowers. Possibly inside the photo of this article is a female flower. Flowers are quite small, so anyone can hardly notice this.



This flower is beautiful, but everything from the plant is useful and dangerous at the same time. For example the whole plant is capable to provide different type of medicines(arthritis, eczema, itching, etc). Similarly if any part of the plant is ingested inside can cause severe damage. The seeds and the fruits of the plant are highly toxic. So be careful.

ফুলের জন্য ভালবাসা, আমি বুনো ফুল

ফুলটি সম্পর্কে কারো অধিক তথ্য জানা থাকলে নিচে মন্তব্য করুন...

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Beach Spider Lily(স্পাইডার লিলি) - Hymenocallis littoralis



This is the first time I have seen this flower at my last tour, Rangamati(রাঙামাটি). Found the flower at the rooftop balcony of a Hotel from there. This flower is called as Beach Spider Lily. Botanical name of the flower is Hymenocallis littoralis. This flower is from the family Amaryllidaceae. This is native to Mexico and Central America.



This perennial evergreen plant is very suitable for indoor ornamental plant. This plant can sustain in low sunlight. Flower used to bloom during summer to lat autumn, but require proper watering for perfect blooming. Plant is not that much taller, but the axis that generates from the flower can be taller and holds up to 4-6 flowers. Looks like a spider for long petals.



Spider Lily is a white flower and has spider like long petals. This looks something like the feet of a duck. The filament is stuck inside the petals and then extended further. It holds the yellow stamen at the top. The flower has an attractive fragrance, some people call this similar to vanilla.



This flower probably doesn't produce flower(my conjecture). So the plant usually propagates using the bulb. By separating a mature bulb, you can easily grow a new plant.



It was a moonlight night of a rainy day. After the dinner, just wandering at the rooftop, and enjoying the cloudy full moon. Suddenly found this flower at the corner of the roof. Just captured few shots so that I can identify the flower after returning back to Dhaka.