Saturday, August 29, 2015

Brazilian bachelor's button - Centratherum punctatum

Bengali Name : ?
Common Name : Brazilian Bachelor's Button, Larkdaisy.
Botanical Name : Centratherum punctatum
Family : Asteraceae

The name of the flower is Brazilian bachelor's button. From the name it is easily understandable about its origin. Yes, it belongs to the South American region, but later spread into Tropical Asia and Australian region. So far my knowledge, it doesn't have any Bengali (বাংলা) name.

This flower has another few names and I liked the name Larkdaisy most. Binomial name of the plant is Centratherum punctatum and belongs to the family Asteraceae. The genus name Centratherum comes from the Greek 'kentron' (spur) and 'anthos' (flower) referring to the flower having a spur-like base.. It is a daisy like flower and in most of the countries this has been marked as a weed. In Bangladesh (বাংলাদেশ) I have seen this was planted as an ornamental flower beside a street.

Larkdaisy plant is an annual growing herbaceous plant that can reach around 1-2 feet in height. Most of the plants are having single stem, but multiple stems are seen too. The toothed leafs are lens like and having deep margin till the inner side of the tooth of the leaf. Leafs produce a pineapple like smell when crushed or squeezed. This plant is a fast growing one.

Flowers of Larkdaisy are round shaped, like fluffy button those bloom profusely all around the year (except the winter). Color of the flower is light violet or light lavender-blue. Flowers are like typical aster flower having florets which forms a disk head. This flower can attract the insects and bees.

Thick, green, glossy foliage of the plant.

Photos of this article were taken from Bangladesh (বাংলাদেশ) as mentioned below:
1) 03 April 2015: Gulshan, Dhaka (গুলশান, ঢাকা).
    GPS coordinate (23°47'8.15"N, 90°25'0.79"E).

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Coral vine (অনন্ত লতা) - Antigonon leptopus

Bengali Name : Ononto lota (অনন্ত লতা).
Common Name : Mexican creeper, Coral vine, Honolulu creeper, Love vine.
Botanical Name : Antigonon leptopus
Family : Polygonaceae

In Bangladesh (বাংলাদেশ) we call this flowering vine as Ononto lota (অনন্ত লতা), means ever ending vine. But it doesn't imply that the flower is native to our Bangladesh (বাংলাদেশ), rather it is native to North American region which is very far from here! May be this plant was introduced by the Christian missionaries in past. And later some renowned poet or writer might have given that beautiful Bengali name.

Anyway, the worldwide acceptable names of the plant are Coral vine, Mexican creeper, Honolulu vine, etc. Botanical name of the vine plant is Antigonon leptopus and it belongs to the family Polygonaceae.

Coral vine (অনন্ত লতা) is an evergreen vine plant that grows very fast and crawl around using the tendrils. The leafs are heart shaped and slightly waved around the margins. Vines (or stem) are rectangular shaped. This plant is drought tolerant and doesn't require that much care. In some regions this plant has been marked as an invasive one.

Flowers are pink or white in color but the white one is rare in our Bangladesh (বাংলাদেশ). It has six pink sepals which are also having a shape of heart when they are closed (not bloomed). Flowers are showy and blooms a lot in a cluster from the axil of leaf and vine. This beautiful Coral vine (অনন্ত লতা) flower attracts lot of bees and butterflies with the color and the nectar inside of it.

Having lot of flowers on the plant helps it to produce a lot of seeds. Those seeds can easily float over the water and can travel a long distance for dispersal. Also some other insects and birds use to help moving the seeds.

Could it be the reason for the flower to have a name 'Hearts on a chain'?

This flower has another name that is Love vine. It can be the heart shaped leaf or the heart shaped closed flowers. It also has another name which is 'Hearts on a chain'.

I have taken the photos of this flower from the Mintu road (মিন্টু রোড) of Dhaka during May and June of 2015. It is just at the opposite of the Romna (রমনা) park gate. GPS coordinate is [23°44'32.04"N, 90°23'54.52"E]. Apart from this, you can find the vine a lot around the Dhaka University area (specially near around the Fular road). You can see the vine crawling around the walls if you just observe the area carefully.

Flowers blooms on a barbed wire.

Photos of this article were taken from Bangladesh as mentioned below:
1) May & June 2015: Minto Road, Dhaka (মিন্টু রোড, ঢাকা).

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