|Bengali Name :||Bok ful (বক ফুল).|
|Common Name :||Hummingbird tree, Agati, etc.|
|Botanical Name :||Sesbania grandiflora|
|Synonym :||Agati grandiflora|
|Family :||Fabaceae (pea family)|
|Photo Taken :||Bangladesh|
English names of the flower are hummingbird tree, corkwood tree, flamingo bill, etc. Flower resembles the beak or the bird itself, that's why such strange names. Botanical name is Sesbania grandiflora (synonym Aeschynomene grandiflora). It belongs to the plant family Fabaceae. In Bangladesh (বাংলাদেশ) we call this flower as Bok ful (বক ফুল) as it has a resemblance with the bird egret.
Bok ful(বক ফুল) is a fast growing plant. The plant is very soft and has a short life. Leafs are pinnate and leaflets are elliptic shaped. Each leaf is having 10-20 pair of leaflets. This plant requires full sun, and it can not tolerate frost. This plant is native to our Bangladesh (বাংলাদেশ), South Asia and Eastern Asian region. But these days we do not see this plant often in our country.
Flowers of Bok ful (বক ফুল) are slightly larger than other flowers. Flowers bloom in small cluster. Flowers are bird's beak shaped. It can be white, light pink, pink in color. Similar to other pea flower this flower has also upper and lower lipped petal. It produces a slim long pod like fruit.
Many people in our country use this flower as a vegetable. They use to fry the flower with oil similar to other leafy vegetable. Also they use to make a traditional dish named Bora (বড়া) using the flower. In Eastern Asia people make soup using the flowers.
Photos of this article were taken from the following location:
1) September 2015: Ramna Park, Dhaka, Bangladesh (রমনা পার্ক, ঢাকা, বাংলাদেশ).
This article has written by Lonely Traveler,
for the blog http://icwow.blogspot.com/