The national flower of
Bangladesh is Shapla (Water
Lily). Shapla is a flower floating at ease in almost every water
bodies of Bangladesh. Beels haors, brooks, ponds etc. are abodes of this flower.
There are two types of Shapla differing in color. One is white and the other is
pink. Other than adding to the beauty of Bangladesh, Shapla is a delicious item
of food for Bangladeshis. Rural people consume it as curry. Children are also
fond of eating the stem and the fruit even green. Bangladeshis adore this
flower which is expressed better by making a dummy of Shapla called Shapla
Chattar at Motijheel in Dhaka.