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 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.