Friday, September 16, 2011

Crape Jasmine(জংলী টগর): Tabernaemontana coronaria

প্রথমবার যখন অনেক দূর থেকে এই ফুল দেখেছিলাম, তখন এইগুলাকে চা গাছের ফুল বলেই মনে করেছিলাম... আমি চা গাছের ফুল কখনো দেখি নাই কিন্তু জানি সাদা রঙের হয়... আর এই ফুল গাছগুলো ছিল চা গাছের আশে পাশেই... এইবার যখন গেলাম, তখন ভালকরে খেয়াল করে দেখলাম, এইটা টগর গাছ আর তার ফুল... আমাদের দেশে দুই ধরনের টগর হয়, একটা আবার কাঠ মালতির মতন দেখতে... এখানে সেই ফুলটা নিয়েই কিছু কথা বলা হয়েছে... যেহেতু এই গাছের খুব একটা পরিচর্যা হয়না, তাই এই ছোট গাছগুলোতে অল্প অল্প ফুল হয়...




This flowering plant pertains to the plant family Apocynaceae. Botanical name of the flower is Tabernaemontana divaricata with a synonym Tabernaemontana coronaria. Common name of the flower is Crape Jesmine or Crepe Jesmine. In Bangladesh, we call this as Togor(টগর), Kath Maloti(কাঠ মালতি), etc.



This is an evergreen plant having lovely foliage. I found this plant was dissembled with the Tea plants. Possibly for trimming, this plant never gets a chance to grow with it's full glory, at there. Plant produces white sap when torn.



Flowers are having five white waxy petals shaped like an star(or wheel). It has yellow spot at the middle of the flower. Interesting this white beautiful flower doesn't have any fragrance.




Photos for this article were taken from Rajkandi(রাজকান্দি), during my tour at September 2011.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Moulvibazar: Hummum Waterfall(হাম্মাম ঝরনা)

Friday, 02 September 2011



This was my second attempt to vanquish the remote waterfall Hummum(হাম্মাম) from Rajkandi(রাজকান্দি) reserve forest, Moulvibazar(মৌলভীবাজার). Last time I couldn't reach towards the waterfall with my team comprises of ten members due to extreme adversity from weather. If you have time on your hand, you can read that unsuccessful attempt.



Back to the current expedition. This time we are a team having four trekker, Hasnat(হাসনাত), Muntasir(মুনতাসির), Babu(বাবু), and I'm the Demon Hunter. We have commenced our journey at morning 5:00 and Hasnat(হাসনাত) was driving his car. When we were at Srimangal(শ্রীমঙ্গল) town, it was 8:15 at morning. After our breakfast at a local restaurant, we have started for Champarai Bazaar(চাম্পারাই বাজার). It was several minutes past of 9:00 at when we were at that bazaar.



There, people are now a days trying to make money from the tourists. They are forcing to pick guides from them and possibly it was around 300 taka per guide. Since we have already known to the path, and we have the path loaded on our GPS navigator, we were reluctant to pick any guides. But they were compelling to hire one from them.

By paying 50 Taka, somehow we have managed to escape. From the bazaar we were walking with moderate pace through the muddy road. Interestingly a local tractor(use to transport tea-leafs and other stuffs for tea gardens) offered us a free ride. We enthusiastically accepted the offer. They have dropped us almost near to the Kolabon Para(কলাবন পারা) village.



One of the guy from the village wanted to join us as a guide, but we have denied him politely and thanked him for the offer. Last time there were only one path to reach at the waterfall. But right now people made another twos, possibly shorter in distance. But we didn't know that. We were walking over the new path, and our GPS was showing "Off trek". May be it would be a shortcut, but we didn't want to use this one. So we walked back and picked the right path.



Last time it was raining, so the whole road was packed with tons of blood sucking leeches. But this time it is clean sky with plenty of sunlight. The jungle was warm, and the trek was dry enough to retreat the leeches from the main course.



When we have reached at the Jhiri(ঝিরি), it was having water flowing, but not that much as we have seen last time. We were walking through the Jhiri(ঝিরি) cautiously. The water from the Jhiri(ঝিরি) was not clean like Bandarban(বান্দরবান), too much murky. We have experienced the water height almost up to our waist at some places.



Possibly it was almost 2:00 when we have reached at the waterfall. I was excited by the picturesque beauty of the waterfall, but equally was feeling hapless by the presence of hundreds of tourists who were gathering there. People made that place a picnic spot. They came here with 'picnic lunch packs', but none of them were showing any interest to collect the leftovers. They were just messing that place with those urban stuffs and causing a serious damage over the natural value.



We have to return back to Dhaka by the night. So quickly we jumped inside the water and had a shower for half an hour. It was terribly hot there, but the water from the waterfall usually be cold and which soothed our tiredness instantly.

The waterfall is wider enough compare to others from Bangladesh. Possibly it is 20-30 ft in width, and I'm not sure about the height. May be somewhere between 70-100 ft. The amount of water flow was not that much right now, but it had the minimum number of water to please a visitor like me.



After enjoying the beauty of the Hummam waterfall(হাম্মাম ঝরনা) with such a massive crowd, we started to return back. Like our other tours, we were silent and calm during returning. Non of us talked too much. Just walking and was thinking about what we were leaving.

During walking, nail from my one finger was ripped off from my foot. So I wasn't feeling comfortable in wearing shoes. I have taken my shoe off from my left foot, and walked with only single one. Carried both the shoes at the village, and gifted those to a guy from there. He was initially feeling shy to take those shoes, but later was exulted to get those.



From the village, this time no hitchhiking were available. So we had to walk the entire road until we reached the Champarai Bazar(চাম্পারাই বাজার).

We were messed up by sweating and mud. We wanted to be freshen up from the pond beside the mosque. But interestingly and unfortunately, the dumb Imam from the mosque didn't allow us to do so. There was a temple at the bazaar, and that has a large pond too. People suggested us to use that one, and this time no one did forbid us. After refreshment, two of us went to the mosque for prayer, but again the Imam didn't help(prayer ended half an our ago, so he wasn't interested to open the gate until next prayer).



Before 10 minutes of sunset, we have left the bazaar, and when we have reached at Dhaka, it was almost 12:00. We had a dinner break at a roadside restaurant.

During this tour Hasnat(হাসনাত) showed his stamina once again. he did drive the car during both rides, and also trekked with us. More or less we were sleeping at the car, but he was always cogitate until his task was finished.



Few notes about the naming of the waterfall:

** Few people are calling the waterfall as Hummum/Hammam Jhorna.
** Almost every local people are calling the waterfall as Humhum/Hum Hum/Ham Ham.
** Local people are calling the waterfall as Sitap too. Possibly they are calling the waterfall as Hamham, and calling the water beneath the waterfall as Sitap. Not sure.



So what you'll call the waterfall is up to you. My only request is, just don't mess the place. Its a lovely place for single day expedition with trekking. Don't kill this and let other people to enjoy this.

If you want to know how to reach at that place and where to go, you'll find it from previous expedition experience.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Kanchura Ful(কানচুরা ফুল): Commelina cyanea

This is an interesting flower and has an attractive color. Basically it's a grass which grows around our paddy fields and sometimes the cool or wet places around. In Bangladesh, this is exacerbating for our farmers but not that much hard to eradicate like other weeds.




The name of this tiniest grass flower is Kanchura in Bengali. Possible common names are scurvy weed, Asian Day flower, etc. Botanical name is Commelina cyanea and having the plant family Commelinaceae. Actually I'm confused about the botanical name, there is another species called Commelina benghalensis which is almost similar to this one, but having the third petal is whitish.



This is the tiniest flower that I have seen so far having blue color from Bangladesh. I used to see this grass at the roadside around paddy fields. You can only notice there is something blue flower exists. It is hard to notice the petals if you don't observe closely. This Kanchura(কানচুরা) blue flower has three petals and possibly six yellow filaments over the different stamens.




Photos for this article were taken from Rajkandi(রাজকান্দি), during my tour at September 2011.

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Lojjaboti Ful(লজ্জাবতী ফুল): Mimosa pudica





লজ্জাবতী গাছটা অনেক মজার... এর ফুলটা দেখতেও অনেক সুন্দর... ছোট ছোট হালকা গোলাপী রঙের ফুল... ছোট বেলায় এই গাছ আমার কখনই পছন্দের ছিলোনা... আমাদের খেলার মাঠ জুড়ে এই গাছ জন্মাত... আর এই গাছে কাঁটাও হয়, তাই মাঠে বেশি করে এই গাছ থাকলে খেলা মুশকিল হয়ে যেত... আমাদের ছোট ক্রিকেট বলগুলো এই লজ্জাবতীর ঝোপের মধ্যে একবার ঢুকে গেলে আর সহজেই খুঁজে পাওয়া যেত না... আর এই গাছকে সহজেই নির্মূল করা যেত না... প্রতিবছর এরা নতুন করে ছড়িয়ে পরতো... এখন ঢাকার ইট পাথরের মধ্যে থাকি, খুব একটা এই গাছ চোখেই পরে না...!



This beautiful flower's name is "Touch Me Not". At some places this is called as Sensitive Plant. When somebody touches the leafs(sometimes any part of plant), it just folds instantly. Basically during two occasions it folds it's leafs, from direct touch and when night falls. Botanical name of the flower is Mimosa pudica. It belongs to the plant family Leguminosae. In Bangladesh, this is known as Lojjaboti Ful(লজ্জাবতী ফুল).



The flower is having globe shape with light pink color. Flower has plenty of stamens and filaments around the globes. This plant grows as a bush and flourished with myriad number of those small flowers. Rainy season is the peak time for blooming of the flowers, but you'll find less during other season at my country, Bangladesh. Leafs are very small and arranged equally at the both side of the pinna of the plant.

Fruits of Mimosa plant.


Lojjaboti(লজ্জাবতী) plant has plenty of thorns. This plant used to propagate through it's seeds. This is a weed in our country, but not invasive. Though the flower doesn't have any fragrance, but its exquisitely beautiful. This interesting plant has some use for neutralizing the venom from few snakes.



Photos for this article were taken from St martin Island, Bangladesh, during my tour at January 2012.


ফুলের জন্য ভালবাসা, আমি বুনো ফুল...

Saturday, September 3, 2011

TitBegun(তিতবেগুন): Solanum indicum




কাটাযুক্ত এই জংলি ফুলের গাছটা রাস্তার আসে পাশে মাঝে মাঝেই দেখা যায়... গাছটা দেখতে অনেক তা বেগুন গাছের মতনই... আবার যে ছোট ছোট ফুল হয় তা হুবহু বেগুনের ফুলের মতন... ছোট ছোট যে গোটা হয়, তাও আবার বেগুনের ছোট ভাই বলেই মনে হয়... এইটাকে আমরা তিতবেগুন বলেই চিনি...



Today's flower name is Tit Begun Ful(তিতবেগুন). This is commonly known as Indian nightshade. Botanical name of the flower is Solanum indicum. It pertains to the plant family Solanaceae(potato family).



Flowers are white in my photos(can be violet or light pink at other verities). Five petals forming a shape like a star. It has five yellow filaments and has a stigma at the middle of it. Flower blooms during the morning, and start demising as the day progresses. Fruits are small and round in shaped, become yellow/red when ripen.



The whole plant has more or less utilization as herbal medicine. Few examples of the utilization are at digestion, cough, gum pain, influencing sexual excitement, etc.



Photos of this article were taken from Rajkandi(রাজকান্দি), during my tour at September 2011 and from Khagrachhori(খাগড়াছড়ি) during July 2012.

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Indian shot(কলাবতী ফুল): Canna indica

আমাদের দেশে অনেক রকমের কলাবতী ফুল দেখা যায়... আজকে আমি লাল কলাবতীর কিছু ছবি দিলাম... পরে সুযোগ হলে অন্য রঙের গুলাও দিয়ে দিব... আপাতত জেনে রাখি এই ফুলটির রং লাল, কমলা, হলুদ, গোলাপী, খয়েরি ইত্যাদি রঙের হয়ে থাকে... ইদানিং রাস্তার মাঝের আইলান্ডের মধ্যে এই ফুলের গাছ সৌন্দর্য বর্ধক হিসেবে দেখা যাচ্চ্ছে...



The name of the flower is Indian Shot. In our country Bangladesh this is known as Kolabit ful(কলাবতী ফুল). Botanical name of the flower is Canna indica and belongs to the plant family Cannaceae.



This flower is native to Asia and Caribbean region. The seeds of this flower are heavier than other seeds in nature and those reassemble as the shell of a shotgun. Possibly this is the reason behind it's botanical nomenclature. Leaf of the Kolaboti flower(কলাবতী ফুল) plant is kind of similar to banana leafs. Plant produces flower more or less during every season(rainy is the peak time).



I haven't seen any seed of this flower. But it used to produce seeds and which help it's propagation. These hard seeds are much valued to the Buddhist monks. They use those beads along with the Rudraksha(রুদ্রাক্ষ) beads to prepare Rudraksha Mala(kind of rosary or "Japa Mala").



Photos for this article were taken from a Hindu Temple(মন্দির) at Champarai Bazar(চাম্পারাই বাজার) of Rajkandi(রাজকান্দি). It was my tour during September 2011.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Rangamati: Strolling around DC park

Friday, 15 July 2011

Location: (22°39'16.01"N, 92°11'53.43"E)

After delving and doing "Humpty Humpty" at the Ghagra Jhiri(ঘাগরা ঝিরি) of Kolatoli(কলাতলী), we were almost tired. I have had plenty of time for sleeping interim of the refreshment and the dress changing.



Our plan was to pass the afternoon at Hanging Bridge(ঝুলন্ত সেতু) of Parjatan(পর্যটন). We were almost ready for that, but the rain suddenly started to show it's beauty again and we had nothing to do but passing the an idle time inside the hotel room by gossiping, sometimes standing at the balcony to enjoy the rain drops over the massive Kaptai Lake(কাপ্তাই লেক).



It was exactly 50 minutes before the sunset when the rain just stopped. So we have changed our plan and decided to visit the DC Park around the Banglow of Rangamati Deputy Commissionaire. It wasn't that far from our hotel. When we have reached there, it was almost dark(between sundown and evening).



Its a small park and exactly beside the lake. It was too breezy and causing heavy waves over the lakes and was throwing the waves at the shore of the lake. Far side mountain had few clouds hanging on it's steep, breeze was pretty cool, the sound of water was enthralling our minds, overall the ambient was exquisite.



Since we were too late over there, and the evening just started, we had to return back after passing very short but an exciting moment around there. We had a problem of finding vehicles for returning back as it was dark. Google map coordinate for the location is (22°39'16.01"N, 92°11'53.43"E).

Few of the photos of this article were taken by my travel mates.

Cluster Fig(ডুমুরের ফুল): Ficus hispida

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