Chalta flowers are blooming in monsoon

Niamur Rashid Shihab

‘Because I am gone, will the flower not be soaked in dewy water, in a wave of soft fragrance?’ This is what Rupsi Bengali poet Jibanananda Das wrote about Chalta flower. Chalta flowers appear in monsoons, migration lasts till winter. Once upon a time, chalata trees could be seen on the roadside, on the banks of ponds or in the courtyards of houses, in forests. Today, that scene is rarely seen.

It is known that the scientific name of Chalta is Dillenia indica. Chalata is grown in several countries including Sri Lanka, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia. Known as Dillenia indic in English. Especially it is known as an Indian plant.

Flowers bloom in Ashad-Shravan. The fragrant flower has 5 petals. The fruit is from the petals. Flowers are white. Bees sit on flowers after blooming. Bees move from one flower to another to collect honey and pollinate slowly, which slowly turns into fruit.

Chalata flower blooms at night. The flowers are white, beautiful and fragrant. Flower diameter is 15-18 cm. Within a day of flowering, the flower petals fall off and become fruits. Rich in many herbal medicinal properties, this fruit ripens after monsoon. The fruit lasts until winter. The tree bears fruit only once a year. Fruit weight is 200-500 grams.

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As the fruit can be eaten raw, Chaltar pickle is very popular among people of all ages. The plant has medicinal properties. The tree is a medium and evergreen plant. It is up to 15 meters in height. It has red shiny bark. The edges of the leaves are grooved. Vein high parallel.

Such beautiful flowers are largely neglected by us only because of the usefulness of the fruit. But in the surrounding vegetation, the flower gives its immense beauty without our knowledge. So suddenly seeing this flower is like a discovery.

The plant has medicinal properties and the flowers are very beautiful, fragrant and eco-friendly. Chalata is rich in vitamin-C and antioxidants. As a result, it is also very beneficial for health loss. It is necessary to plant these trees to increase financial self-sufficiency and natural beauty. It is important to protect this environmentally friendly and endangered tree.

Author: Student, Daffodil International University.