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| Last Updated:: 09/10/2021

The neelakurinji bloom is wilting with time




by Arathi Menon




  • Marked by its monocarpic nature and gregarious flowering, Strobilanthes flowering plant is best known for its species diversity.


  • The Western Ghats are home to 99 percent of the 150 Strobilanthes species in India and are considered the hotspot for this genus. Among them is the neelakurinji flower that is said to bloom once in 12 years.



  • Encroachment of grasslands for plantations and tourism as well as road networks and other linear infrastructure cutting through forests, have reduced its habitat, resulting in reduced occurrence of mass bloom.