Baldha Garden, a kingdom of rare flowers

  • A blue lotus blooms in Dhaka’s Baldha Garden. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    A blue lotus blooms in Dhaka’s Baldha Garden. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Only one Rani Mukut flower plant is available at Dhaka’s Baldha Garden. Originated in West Africa and first found in 1804, the plant grows mostly along the coasts of Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon and Angola. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Only one Rani Mukut flower plant is available at Dhaka’s Baldha Garden. Originated in West Africa and first found in 1804, the plant grows mostly along the coasts of Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon and Angola. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Lal Jhumko Lata, or red passion flower, is very rare among the species. Dhaka’s Baldha Garden has a few of them. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Lal Jhumko Lata, or red passion flower, is very rare among the species. Dhaka’s Baldha Garden has a few of them. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • A blue lotus blooms in Dhaka’s Baldha Garden. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    A blue lotus blooms in Dhaka’s Baldha Garden. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Bangladesh has two Kontok Lata or passiflora or passionflower plants and both of them are in Dhaka’s Baldha Garden. The yellow spots on the petals of the flowers change to red in the afternoon. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Bangladesh has two Kontok Lata or passiflora or passionflower plants and both of them are in Dhaka’s Baldha Garden. The yellow spots on the petals of the flowers change to red in the afternoon. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • A blue lotus blooms in Dhaka’s Baldha Garden. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    A blue lotus blooms in Dhaka’s Baldha Garden. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Among the few types of Ashoka that are seen in Bangladesh, Raj Ashoka is quite rare. Dhaka’s Baldha Garden has five to six of them. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Among the few types of Ashoka that are seen in Bangladesh, Raj Ashoka is quite rare. Dhaka’s Baldha Garden has five to six of them. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • An orange African tulip blooms in Dhaka’s Baldha Garden. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    An orange African tulip blooms in Dhaka’s Baldha Garden. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • An orange African tulip blooms in Dhaka’s Baldha Garden. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    An orange African tulip blooms in Dhaka’s Baldha Garden. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Rose cactus is a herbaceous plant with large leaves, so it is difficult to differentiate it from plants of other species. This orange rose cactus is not very common in Bangladesh but can be found in Dhaka’s Baldha Garden. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Rose cactus is a herbaceous plant with large leaves, so it is difficult to differentiate it from plants of other species. This orange rose cactus is not very common in Bangladesh but can be found in Dhaka’s Baldha Garden. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Sages of the Indian sub-continent used barks of Bhuj Patra or the Himalayan birch for writing centuries ago. Bangladesh has only one Bhuj Patra tree and that is in Dhaka’s Baldha Garden. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Sages of the Indian sub-continent used barks of Bhuj Patra or the Himalayan birch for writing centuries ago. Bangladesh has only one Bhuj Patra tree and that is in Dhaka’s Baldha Garden. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Rose cactus is a herbaceous plant with large leaves, so it is difficult to differentiate it from plants of other species. This orange rose cactus is not very common in Bangladesh but can be found in Dhaka’s Baldha Garden. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Rose cactus is a herbaceous plant with large leaves, so it is difficult to differentiate it from plants of other species. This orange rose cactus is not very common in Bangladesh but can be found in Dhaka’s Baldha Garden. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Bangladesh has two Kontok Lata or passiflora or passionflower plants and both of them are in Dhaka’s Baldha Garden. The yellow spots on the petals of the flowers change to red in the afternoon. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Bangladesh has two Kontok Lata or passiflora or passionflower plants and both of them are in Dhaka’s Baldha Garden. The yellow spots on the petals of the flowers change to red in the afternoon. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Lal Jhumko Lata, or red passion flower, is very rare among the species. Dhaka’s Baldha Garden has a few of them. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Lal Jhumko Lata, or red passion flower, is very rare among the species. Dhaka’s Baldha Garden has a few of them. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Sages of the Indian sub-continent used barks of Bhuj Patra or the Himalayan birch for writing centuries ago. Bangladesh has only one Bhuj Patra tree and that is in Dhaka’s Baldha Garden. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Sages of the Indian sub-continent used barks of Bhuj Patra or the Himalayan birch for writing centuries ago. Bangladesh has only one Bhuj Patra tree and that is in Dhaka’s Baldha Garden. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Only one Rani Mukut flower plant is available at Dhaka’s Baldha Garden. Originated in West Africa and first found in 1804, the plant grows mostly along the coasts of Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon and Angola. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Only one Rani Mukut flower plant is available at Dhaka’s Baldha Garden. Originated in West Africa and first found in 1804, the plant grows mostly along the coasts of Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon and Angola. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi