Bangladesh is a rich land of biodiversity. About 6000 species of plants are gathered in such a small area of 147570 sq km.
We are trying to introduce the flora of Bangladesh in a pack from the naturalist view, not from the eye of plant-expert. For this, there will be some unwanted mistakes.
Needless to say, pics used in this site are all original. The information is gathered here from the personal notes, collected books and from different websites.
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Telakucha, Ivy gourd, coccinia grandis
Telakucha or Ivy gourd (coccinia grandis, family: cucurbitaceae) is a perennial creeper with soft stem and fleshy leaves. It is found in different parts of Africa, Asia and Australia.
Common names: Telakucha, Ivy gourd, Scarlet gourd.
The creeper is propagated by cutting.
Flowers are pure white, funnel-shaped, sepals 5, petals 5. A blooming flower is 5 cm across. Flower blooms mostly in summer to rainy season.
Telakucha vine's flower, almost looks like Bottle gourd flower.
Little gourd or Telakucha vine usually seen on ground as a trailer but with its tendril it can climb up high of a tree or a pole.
Fruit is green when raw and crimson when ripe.
Fruits look like almost Bottle gourd but much smaller in size. The green fruits also resemble Pointed gourd at a glance.
Fruits are very attractive but inedible for human.
Leaves are dark green, glaucous, glabrous, petioled and crisped; 8-10 cm long and 3-8 cm wide. Single leaf is usually associated with five lobes, but sometimes it can be multi-angled or heart-shaped.
Coccinia grandis is a famous medicinal plant in Indian subcontinent. It is used in cold, fever, plethora, asthma, nausea, diabetes and tastelessness. In Bangladesh it leaves are used as vegetable.