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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Amla-lota, Fox grape, Cayratia trifolia
Goali-lota or Fox grape (cayratia trifolia, family: vitaceae) is a creeping herb with soft stem and many branches and has trifoliated leaves. The perennial climber is native to Indian subcontinent as well as several regions of Asia and Australia.
Common names : Fox grape, Bush grape, Three-leaved wild vine.
Leaves are trifoliate, 4-10 cm long with 2-3 cm long petiole. Leaf edges are serrated.
Flowers are white, small, borne on cyme inflorescence. Flower blooms in summer and rainy season.
The plant is propagated by seeds. New shoots may come out from old root also.
Fruits are juicy, blackish when ripe, nearly round, 1 cm in diameter.
Different parts of the plant is used in the treatment of snake bite and diabetes.
Roots mixed with pepper are applied on tumor. Leaves and seeds also used to various medicines.