will it flower?
of neelakurinji (Strobilanthes
kunthiana) takes place once in 12 years between July and
December. The peak season will
be between August and September. Local variations are possible.
flowers earlier in some areas of Kodaikanal.)
As there are different species of
kurinjis with different
cycles, blooms are seen at varying intervals. P. K.
Uthaman (then field publicity officer of Government of
reported seeing eight species of Strobilanthes bloom at
National Park in 1988. It is also possible that the same
different localities may complete their flowering cycles in
years. However, the flowering cycle for a particular species
same, but for variations of a few months triggered possibly by
Thus, after the 2006 flowering, another mass flowering can be
take place near Munnar
in 2014-- there is a group of plants in the
locality whose flowering cycle is four years ahead of the rest
community in the region. However, one could not be sure
whether these plants would survive
for the next season. The next massive flowering in the
Nilgiris-Palanis-Munnar belt is expected only in 2018.
In August 2008, a group of plants at Thalakkulam, about 35 km
Munnar, flowered on a hill by the side of the Kochi-Madurai
Highway. The next flowering here will be in 2020 if the
survive the onslaught of human interference.
Stray flowerings of kurinji do occur annually towards the end
12-year flowering cycle. A few plants here and
there may throw up an inflorescence while the other plants
without flowers. What triggers the
massive flowering every 12 years is not known. However, here
is an explanation for why they flower only once in 12 years.
Gregarious flowering of kurinji has been documented for 180
first records of ten consecutive flowerings from 1826 to 1934
published in the Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society
(1936, Vol. 38) by
M. E. Robinson.However, references in the Tamil Sangham
B. C.-300 A. D.) suggest that kurinji used to flower for