Neelakurinji, Western Ghats
Flowers of neelakurinji in Munnar
Neelakurinji

Terminology

 
It was the Geman botanist Christian Gottfried Daniel Nees von Esenbeck (February 1776 March 1856) who nomenclatured Neelakurinji as Strobilantehs Kunthiana. The standard botanical author abbreviation for him is Nees. He classified Neelakurinji to be of : -
Kingdom

Plantae

Division

Magnoliophyta

Class

Magnoliopsida

Order

Lamiales

Family

Acanthaceae

Genus

Strobilanthes

Species

S. Kunthiana

Nees
 

Nees described about 6,900 plant species. He was the predsident of the Geman Academy of natural Scientists Leopoldina. He also authored large number of monographs on botany and zoology.

 

 

neelakurinji - a close view
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