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.
Hongsho lota or Calico flower (aristolochia littoralis, family: aristolochiaceae) is an extensive climber with woody and slender stem. It can attain a height of 3-6 m. The plant is native to South America.
Common names: Hongsho lota, Calico flower, Elegant Dutchman's pipe.
Flower is solitary, 6-8 cm across, violet inner side, hollow at the bottom, looking like swan. Insects are often trapped inside the pungent smelled flowers.
Leaves are green, heart-shaped, blunted at the end.
In Bangladesh, the vine is grown in gardens for its strange-looking flowers. It needs strong support for its proper growth.
Fruit is long with flat seed.
Its propagation is caused by seed.
The evergreen climber produces flowers from April-October.