Monday, April 29, 2013

Roktodron Ful(রক্তদ্রোণ ফুল) - Leonurus sibiricus

Common Name : Honeyweed, Siberian motherwort.
Bengali Name : রক্তদ্রোণ/দ্রোণপুষ্পি ফুল
Botanical Name : Leonurus sibiricus
Synonym : Leonurus japonicus
Family : Lamiaceae(Mint family)






This is a herb plant but can grow several ft in height. Randomly seen around the roadside and the highlands of our country Bangladesh. Yet still, the plant is native to East Asian region. Botanical name of the plant is Leonurus sibiricus from the mint family Lamiaceae. In Bangladesh we call this in many names like Roktodron(রক্তদ্রোণ), Debdroni(দ্রোণপুষ্পি), Dronpushpi(দেবদ্রোণী), etc. Few common English names are Honeyweed, Chinese or Siberian motherwort, etc.





Flowers of the plant are purple, light purple in color with a touch of white. These small flowers use to come from the base of the leaf at stem and those come as a whorl around the stem. The stem can be seen with a shade of silvery for the hairy things on it.





Roktodron(রক্তদ্রোণ ফুল) has several medicinal uses. Using against the menstrual disorder treatment is one of those. Also it can be effective against the skin disease, headache, etc.











Photos of this article were taken from Mymensingh(ময়মনসিংহ) and Tangail(টাঙ্গাইল) during the March 2013.


ফুলের জন্য ভালোবাসা, আমি বুনো ফুল...


Friday, April 19, 2013

Tangail: Dhanbari Nawab Manzil(ধনবাড়ি নবাব মনজিল)

Friday, 22 March 2013





Dhanbari Nawab Manzil(ধনবাড়ি নবাব মনজিল) is locally known as Nawab Bari(নবাব বাড়ী). This is now owned by the descendants of Nawab Ali Chowdhury(নবাব আলী চৌধুরী). They have been taking a good care of this palace and also built several cottages inside the premise for the tourists for staying. This is the only heritage resort from our Bangladesh. This is also known as Dhanbari(ধনবাড়ী) Royal Resort. Inside the premise is very much neat and clean, adequate amount of stuffs and guards are around there to take care of everything.


Most of the Jamidar(জমিদার) mansions from Bangladesh were owned by the Hindu Jamidars(জমিদার). After the division of the country during 1947, and also later 1971, most of those powerful owners were coerced to leave the country, or cringed away to avoid the secular vandalism. Which results their mammoth mansions left unprotected. Later government has taken control of few of those buildings and used as their official purpose(which are still in a presentable state). But others are in total ruin by now a days for lack of care.


But this Nawab(নবাব) Palace is totally different from those. As it was owned by the Muslim landlords, they didn't have to leave the country or had nothing to fear. They were powerful during their ruling period. And yet still they are powerful on that region now a days. That's why this palace is still in a very good condition and has been taken proper care to maintain it's state.


This palace was built by the Nawab Ali Chowdhury(নবাব আলী চৌধুরী) during 1919 to invite the British Lord Ronaldshay. He Came near Koyra(কয়ড়া) using the Steamer and had a reception with 30 elephants.[reference: www.dctangail.gov.bd].


One of the decedents from the Nawab(নবাব) Family named Nawab Hasan Ali Chowdhury(নবাব হাসান আলী চৌধুরী) was the Industrial Minister during the reign of East Pakistan. Also he was a member of the Parliament during 1978. Later, after his death, his daughter Saiyeda Asheka Akbar(সৈয়দা আশেক আকবর) was the member of the Parliament during 1981. This information will give you an idea about their power and now you understand why the palace is still in a good condition.[reference: www.dctangail.gov.bd].


You'll require to buy a ticket for 30 Taka to enter inside the palace premise. Each ticket is valid for 2 hours of visiting. The area is highly secured and the stuffs and guards around there are very much friendly. No unauthorized entries are entertained there. So no one will bother you while you are enjoying the surroundings.


Night Staying at Cottages:


Anyone can stay at the cottages located inside. This is a lovely place for staying. This calm and serene place will please anyone I can bet. I have a plan to stay there in future. From my 'entry ticket' here is the contact address of the Dhaka booking office.

Royal Resort & Holidays Ltd.
145 Begum Rokeya Shoroni, Mirpur, Dhaka 1216
Phone: +880-2-9010924



Things to Buy:


At the Dhanbari(ধনবাড়ী) Bazaar you'll find a famous sweet shop owned by Shurjokanto(সুর্যকান্ত). The Roshgolla(রসগোল্লা) from that shop is mouth watering. You can taste those during your staying there. Or can buy home while returning.


Also, Madhupur(মধুপুর) is very near from that area(15 minutes of car distance). It will be on your way from Dhaka. During the season you can buy the pineapples from the road sides. Those pineapples are the largest pineapples from Bangladesh and internationally known as 'Calender Pineapples'. Also, the Bananas of Madhupur(মধুপুর) are famous. You can buy those during the season.


How to Go:


Best way to go there using the private vehicles. Cause the available bus service is not that much handy. The service of that Bus is very poor. Using your private vehicle it will require around 4-4.5 hours to reach there.


** If you want to use public transport. Then Binimoy(বিনিময়) Bus Service is the option. This will start from Dhaka Mohakhali(মহাখালী) Bus Terminal and stops exactly at the Dhanbari(ধনবাড়ী), beside the palace. Since this is a very much local service and has hundreds of stoppage, it will take around 6-7 hours to reach near there(or even more). For your information, that bus takes people standing inside, like the local bus of Dhaka.


** Another option could be the Nirala(নিরালা) Bus service. Using that from Mohakhali(মহাখালী), you can come to the Tangail(টাঙ্গাইল) within around 3 hours. Its a direct bus service with no stoppage. From Tangail(টাঙ্গাইল), you can use CNG auto rickshaw to reach near the palace. It will be around 2 hours of CNG ride.


** Another option can be coming at Tangail(টাঙ্গাইল) using the train service. But the train's time schedule is not that much reliable in Bangladesh. So choice is yours.


GPS coordinate of the Nawab Bari(নবাব বাড়ি) is (24°40'30.16"N, 89°57'18.63"E).





Note:

There is a beautiful looking mosque available at the eastern side of the Jomidar Bari(জমিদার বাড়ী) premise. Don't miss to have a visit on that mosque. More about the mosque can be found from the following link: http://icwow.../nawabbari-mosque-of-dhonbari.html





Front view of the palace. Downing sun at the western sky made the photo murky.















Lake at the Eastern border of the palace premise.



An Edifice inside the palace premise. Possibly a 'Meeting Room'?















Cottage inside the premise for tourist for overnight staying.



More cottages for the tourists.



Thursday, April 18, 2013

Bottle Brush Flower(বোতল ব্রাশ) - Callistemon viminalis

Common Name : Bottle Brush Flower.
Botanical Name : Callistemon viminalis
Family : Myrtaceae(Bottlebrush family)






Bottlebrush(বোতল ব্রাশ) is an Australian native flower grows widely around the world mosly by the gardeners. Botanical name is Callistemon viminalis and belongs to the family Myrtaceae. It doesn't have any Bengali name, we also call this bottle brush(বোতল ব্রাশ) in our country.





Bottle Brush(বোতল ব্রাশ) is a small growing evergreen plant. Aromatic leafs are also beautiful similar to the flowers. Slim liner leafs are arranged as a whirl around the branches. Each leaf can be in 5-9 cm in length.





Flowers are strikingly beautiful but doesn't have that much scent(scentless?). Lot of small flowers are arranged around the flower stalk and each of those flowers are having long stamens with a filament atop. This decoration of the flower gives it a shape of bottle brush, hence this is known as Bottle Brush(বোতল ব্রাশ) Flower. Though I am conversant with various colors of this flower, but frankly, I haven't seen anything other than red yet. May be at a lucky day I can experience that too.





To flourish the plant with flowers, it requires full sun light. Also this tree can be pruned to maintain it's shape. Propagation can be done from both seeds or from cutting, but second method is mostly used.











Photos of this article were taken from the Botanical Garden of Mymensingh. It was the month of March 2013.


Thursday, April 4, 2013

Pink Wood Sorrel(গোলাপী আমরুল ফুল) - Oxalis debilis

Common Name : Pink Wood Sorrel.
Bengali Name : Golapi Amrul Ful(গোলাপী আমরুল ফুল)
Botanical Name : Oxalis debilis var. corymbosa
Family : Oxalidaceae(Wood sorrel family)






Previously I have posted an article about Creeping Woodsorrel weed flower. Today its almost the same flower but the color is different. Its Pink Wood Sorrel. In Bengali its Golapi Amrul(গোলাপী আমরুল ফুল). Botanical name is Oxalis debilis var. corymbosa and belongs to the family Oxalidaceae(Wood sorrel family).

















Photos of this article were taken from Mymensingh. It was the month of March 2013.


ফুলের জন্য ভালবাসা, আমি বুনো ফুল...


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Dhai Ful(ধাই ফুল) - Woodfordia fruticosa

Common Name : Fire Flame Bush, Red Bell Bush.
Bengali Name : Dhai Ful(ধাই ফুল), Dhatri ful(ধাত্রী ফুল).
Botanical Name : Woodfordia fruticosa
Family : Lythraceae






অনেক দূর থেকে যখন গাছটাকে দেখছিলাম, তখন মনে হয়েছিলো লাল একটা গাছ, যার পাতা লাল ... মনেই হয়নি এগুলো ফুলের কারসাজি ... কাছে যেয়ে অবাক না হয়ে উপায় ছিলোণা ... গাছে পাতা ছিলো, কিন্তু হাজারো ছোট ছোট ফুলের উত্পাতে আর পাতার দেখা পাওয়া যাচ্ছিলনা ... গাছের প্রতিটা শাখা প্রশাখার প্রতিটা ইঞ্চি থেকে গুচ্ছ গুচ্ছ ফুল বের হয়ে আছে ... আমাদের এই উপমহাদেশ হলো এই ফুলের আদি নিবাস ... প্রচুর ঔষধী গুন সম্পন্ন এই ফুলকে ডাকা হয় ধাত্রী বা ধাই ফুল নামে ...





Today's flowering plant is a very valuable medicinal plant as well as viably colorful. Its locally known as Dhai(ধাই ফুল) or Dhatri ful(ধাত্রী ফুল) in Bangladesh for it's medicinal uses. Common names of the flower are Fire Flame Bush, Red Bell Bush, etc. Botanical name is Woodfordia fruticosa and belongs to the plant family Lythraceae. It is endemic to our Indian territory.





Fire Flame Bush is basically a deciduous spreading shrubby plant which can reach up to 5 meter in height. Leafs are lanceolate and bark is reddish brown in color. This hillside plant is very much shy to showoff, but its totally changes during the blooming season with numerous small red flowers which just turns the tree into red.





Flower are bright red in color and small in size. Thousand of flowers(comes all along the branches) just cover it's leafs with red color. Flower is tubular and slightly curved. Approximate size of the flower is 2 cm. Taste of the flower is acrid.





This gorgeous flowering plant is profound with medicinal uses. Flowers and leafs have been using against numerous diseases since ancient time. You can find it's medicinal uses from this link motherherbs.com/woodfordia-fruticosa.





Photos of this article were taken from Botanical Garden of Mymensingh(ময়মনসিংহ) Agricultural University. It was the month of March 2013.





ফুলের জন্য ভালোবাসা, আমি বুনো ফুল ...


Monday, April 1, 2013

Common poppy(পপি ফুল) - Papaver rhoeas

Common Name : Common poppy, Field poppy, etc.
Bengali Name : Poppy Ful(পপি ফুল).
Botanical Name : Papaver rhoeas
Family : Papaveraceae(poppy family)






This beautiful flower is practically a weed in outer world. But in our country, its a flowering plant. This is known as Common Poppy. We call this Poppy ful(পপি ফুল). Botanical name is Papaver rhoeas and it belongs to the family Papaveraceae. The genus 'Papaver' is a Latin word which means food or milk and the species 'rhoeas' is a Greek word which means red. It is quite unsure but people believe that it is native to European region.





Poppy is a perennial flower plant which can grow up to 3 ft in height. Leaf of this herb plant is pinnately lobbed, toothed and also hairy. The lower leafs are having stalks on it, but the upper leafs are having without stalks. This plant can grow in adverse soil condition too. Plant produces white latex when broken.





Flowers are very much showy and viable red in color. Petals are papery and very thin. Sometimes the base of the petals are having black spot. Each flower has four overlapping petals. The fruit is a form of capsule. Seed of poppy can remain dormant up to 80 years.














Photos of this article were taken from Mymensingh(ময়মনসিংহ) Agricultural University during March 2013.