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Shapla or White water lily, Nymphaea pubescens

Shapla  or  White water lily  ( Nymphaea pubescens , family: Nymphaeceae) is a common water plant and its flower is the national flower of Bangladesh. The plant grows from underwater soil.  It is found in ponds, canals, beels and jheels along with Kolmi-lota , Keshordam , Chondromala , Chandmala , Maloncho , Jhajhidam and other Lilies in the country. The lovely aquatic plant is also found in Indian subcontinent as well as Southeast Asia.  In Sanskrit literature it is mentioned as Kumuda. Other names: Shaluk (Bang); White lotus, Hairy water lily, Pink water lily(Eng).  Petiole is very long : 60-70 cm. Leaves are round or ovate, floating on water, 15-45 cm long, edge dentate and wavy, upper side bright green and lower side reddish violet Flower is white, reddish, or bluish. Sepals 4, elliptical-ovate, persistent, 3-9 cm long, outer side green, vertically striped; inner side bluish white. Numerous stamens surrounded the pistil at the centre of flower. Flower usua