Tuesday, September 23, 2014

K for Kurinji Flowers

 Once in twelve years, the slopes of the Western Ghats mountains are carpeted with the blue Kurinji (Strobilanthus) flowers. The mass blooming makes the hillslook blue. After the hectic floral activity, the plants die down and resurface again after 12 years.
 In 2012, it was the turn of the hills of the Nilgiris to turn blue with flowers.....
 This year, the Munnar hillsare awash with the Kurinji blooms.
 The struggle between the Kurinji and the Tea plants is continuing. Sadly, the Kurinji habitat is being taken over by the dollar-earning tea......The Kurinji areas are dwindling , and with it many other life forms are disappearing.
My thanks to the team of Our world Tuesday  and


Thanks also to ABCWednesday started by Mrs.Nesbitt, and continued by Roger and his team.


18 comments:

  1. What an incredibly beautiful plant and color!! Delightful captures for the day!! Thanks, as always, for sharing the beauty! Hope your week is going well!!

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  2. Such a pity that this beautiful flower only blooms once in 12 years. It must be so lovely when the hills are turning blue.
    Have a great week.
    Wil, ABCW Team.

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  3. pretty purple. The Daughter would like.

    ROG, ABCW

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  4. this must be related to rhododendrons because they have similarities.

    ABC WEDNESDAY

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  5. Oh how beautiful! I hope you will share with I Heart Macro too:-)

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  6. It is a lovely flower and the hills must be awesome when they are in bloom. I hope that they can be saved in large numbers despite the competition.

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  7. The rarity of the sight must make it even more amazing to see a hillside turn blue.
    Joy - ABC Team

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  8. Oh Dear ! Hope the area will be saved for Kurinji!

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  9. I love blue, such a show; I used to grow some, a reminder to plant some again.

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  10. Nice shots - I enjoyed my visit!

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