National Flower of Bangladesh | Symbols of Bangladesh
The water lily or commonly known as Shapla Is the National Flower of Bangladesh. The scientific name of the flower is Nymphaeaceae. It is Also Located In The Center of The Emblem of Bangladesh. It’s an aquatic flower that grows all over Bangladesh. In Bangladesh, there have so many ponds, bills, haors, lakes everywhere in the country. And Shapla or water lily is the common flower in these water bodies. They are tuberous and are rooted in soil in bodies of water, with leaves and flowers floating on the water surface.
Generally, water lily grows in the rainy season. In the dry season, water lily dies and the root becomes dry in the ground. In the advent of rains, the water lily tree comes out from the root. The plant of water lily increases to the increase of water. To the top of the stem, there grows a budding and the petals are included after rising up the buddings bloom in the breeze.
The leaves of the water lily are more round than heart-shaped, bright green, 15 to 30 cm in diameter with the slit about 1/3 the length of the leaf. Leaves usually float on the water’s surface. Flowers arise on separate stalks, have brilliant white or other colors petals (30 or more per flower) with yellow/red/pink or blue centers. The flowers may float or stick above the water and each opens in the morning and closes in the afternoon. The flowers are very fragrant.
Facts About Bangladesh National Flower
- Common Name: White water lily or Sada Shapla
- Genus: Nymphaea
- Species: Pubescens
- Found in: All over Bangladesh
- Color: White, Pink, Red, Blue and yellow
- Number of petals: 8
- Number of Sepals: 4 – 12
- Time of blooming: All around the year, mostly in the rainy season
- Purpose: Decoration, Food, and herbal value
- Symbolism: Purity of soul and unity
Nymphaeaceae is considered a medicinal plant in Indian Ayurvedic medicine under the name Ambal; it was mainly used to treat indigestion. Recent experiments have confirmed that it has medicinal qualities as an antihepatotoxic and antidiabetic. Like all waterlilies or lotuses, its tubers and rhizomes can be used as food items; they are eaten usually boiled or roasted. In the case of Nymphaeaceae, its tender leaves and flower peduncles are also valued as food.
Water lily or Shapla is the symbol of a simple natural mind us. In every watery land of Bangladesh, it grows enough. There is no one that he has not seen shapla. There is no need to cultivate it. It grows automatically, so, shapla is our national power. shapla is very familiar and dear to all. We love this ower cordially.