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Shapla or Water Lily, the national flower of Bangladesh

Shapla or Water Lily is an aquatic plant of the genus Nymphaea which has large, disk-like, floating leaves and showy flowers.
There are about 50 species growing in different countries. In Bangladesh there are two species: N. nouchali (blue variety) and N. pubescens (white variety).
Both species grow abundantly as a mixed population in almost all shallow natural waterbodies, but the latter is more frequent and popular in Bangladesh and has been designated as the national flower.

Water lily
Another species, N. rubra, is often cultivated in ponds and tanks as an ornamental plant.
Each plant produces several solitary flowers with long peduncles and blooms above the water surface.

It is seen in abundance in the monsoon season. The peduncle is a popular vegetable to villagers; the tuberous rhizomes are also eaten. Seeds on frying are eaten as puffed-grains in some places.

The giant water lily or Amazon water lily (Victoria amazonica) is occasionally grown in some gardens for its enormous (about 2m in diametre) orbicular floating leaves.
(From Banglapedia, National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh)

Shapla Square

Shapla Square monument in Dhaka
Shapla Square (Bengali: Shapla Chottor) is a huge sculpture at the heart of Motijheel near the center of Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh.
It depicts a Shapla (water lily), the national flower of Bangladesh. The sculpture is surrounded by a fountain.

The location also marks a mass grave of Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971.

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Coat of arms of Bangladesh

The National Emblem of Bangladesh was adopted shortly after independence in 1971.
Located on the emblem is a shapla or water lily, that is bordered on two sides by rice sheaves. Above the water lilly are four stars and a three connected jute leaves.

The water lily is the country's national flower, and is representative of the many rivers that run through Bangladesh.

Rice represents its presence as the staple food of Bangladesh, and for the agriculture of that nation.

The four stars represent the four founding principles that were originally enshrined in the first constitution of Bangladesh in 1972: nationalism, secularism, socialism, and democracy.

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)