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Karnataka: ‘Neelakurinji’, a rare flower seen after 12 years, plants die soon after blooming on the mountains

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There are some flowers whose beauty makes people crazy about themselves. Today we are discussing one such flower whose beauty can be gauged from the fact that people yearn for 12 years to see this flower. Yes, we are talking about Neelakuranji. The scientific name of Neelakuranji is Strobilanthes kunthianus, it is found in the Shola forests of the Western Ghats of South India. The specialty of this flower is that it blooms at an altitude of 1300 to 2400 meters and its plant is 30-60 cm high.

However, it goes up to 180 cm in some cases. Neelakurinji plant is commonly found in Asia and Australia. Now this flower has been seen on Mandalapatti Hills of Kodagu district of Karnataka. It belongs to the genus Strobilanthes, which has about 450 species, of which 146 are found in India and about 43 of them are found in Kerala. These flowers are found in India only on high mountains in the forests of Shola in Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

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This flower, which is one of the rare flowers of the world, is called Kurinji in Kerala. Neelakurinji is a monocarpic plant. That is, once it flowers, its plant dies. Then a special time is waited for the new seeds to germinate. This flower also has cultural significance in India. According to the traditional legends of this tribe, their god Muruga married Veli, a hunter girl of their tribe, wearing a garland of Neelakurinji flowers. Similarly, the people of the Paliyan tribe of the Western Ghats calculate the age from the blooming of this flower. Let us tell you that people also spend money to see this flower.

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