Neelakurinji flowers (Strobilanthes kunthiana)-The Hindu-08-11-2022

Neelakurinji flowers (Strobilanthes kunthiana)-The Hindu-08-11-2022

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Know brief about Neelakurinji flowers (Strobilanthes kunthiana) 

Neelakurinji Flowers or Strobilanthes kunthiana are inhabitants of Shola forests in Western Ghats. These plants blossom after 12 years exhibiting the gregarious flowering habit. The flowers of Neelakurinji are purple-blue in colour and it is because of these, the Nilgiri hills (blue mountains) got its name.

Neelakurinji is also found in Shevroys in Eastern Ghats. In ancient Tamil literature, kurinji flowers symbolize love. It was first described by the German botanist Gottfried Daniel Nees von Esenbeck.
Plants which bloom after long periods are known as Pletesials

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