Topli Karvi

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satish phadke

Sep 16, 2008, 1:34:53 PM9/16/08
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Topli Karvi in full bloom at Kas
Satish Phadke

Anand Kumar Bhatt

Sep 16, 2008, 2:12:52 PM9/16/08
to satish phadke, indiantreepix Indian
I can only say vow!

On Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 11:04 PM, satish phadke <> wrote:
Topli Karvi in full bloom at Kas
Satish Phadke

Anand Kumar Bhatt
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Gwalior. 474 005.


Sep 16, 2008, 11:29:00 PM9/16/08
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Dear all,
I'm Pravin Bharatia, Pune. Naturelover.
Joined the group just recently.

Dear Satish,
Thanx for nice picture.
Kas is like Valley of flowers in Maharashtra.
Any more pictures?

On Sep 16, 10:34 pm, "satish phadke" <> wrote:
> Topli Karvi in full bloom at Kas
> Satish Phadke
>  Carvia2.jpg
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Sep 17, 2008, 2:00:01 AM9/17/08
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I believe this is Strobilanthes nilgirianthes also known as Mal Karvi
since these plants grow on open Maal (open low undulated / flat lands)
unlike the Karvi which grows as undergrowth.

The gregarious flowering of this plant also happens at much longer
interval than Karvi which gregarioulsy flowere once in seven yeras.
The Maal Karvi is supposed to flower gregariously once in 14 to 21
years! You may find a few individuals flowering every year, but that
is different than gregarious flowering or mass flowering. Mass
flowering also provides large quantum of nectar for bees to produce
special honey in this flowering season.

This is the most beautiful plant on open Maals in the Sahyadri and is
an excellent soil binder.

Ulhas Rane

J.M. Garg

Sep 17, 2008, 4:26:55 AM9/17/08
to Ulhas, indiantreepix
Here is a link for its {Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes kunthiana)} details (also referred in the past by names such as Strobilanthes kunthianum, Nilgirianthus kunthianus, Strobilanthus nilgirianthus (nilgirianthes) and Phlebophyllum kunthianum as per the link):

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Neil Soares

Sep 17, 2008, 6:38:45 AM9/17/08
to J.M. Garg,
Pleocaulis ritchiei locally called Topli-karvi/ Mal-karvi/ Bakra is a small perennial shrub that flowers once in 7 years.
Neeelakurunji [Strobilanthus kuthiana previously called S.nilgiranthus] is also a shrub 2-6 ft tall growing at elevations of 6000-7000 ft with purplish-blue flowers that gives the Nilgiris its name- Blue Mountain. It flowers gregariously once in 12 yrs.
Neil Soares.

--- On Wed, 9/17/08, J.M. Garg <> wrote:

> From: J.M. Garg <>
> Subject: [indiantreepix:4819] Re: Topli Karvi
> To: "Ulhas" <>
> Cc: "indiantreepix" <>
> Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 1:56 PM
> Here is a link for its {*Neelakurinji *(*Strobilanthes
> kunthiana*)} details
> (also referred in the past by names such as *Strobilanthes
> kunthianum*, *Nilgirianthus
> kunthianus*, *Strobilanthus nilgirianthus*
> (*nilgirianthes*) and *Phlebophyllum
> kunthianum* as per the link):

> --
> With regards,
> J.M.Garg
> "We often ignore the beauty around us"
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> (Indiantreepix)

Adesh Shivkar

Sep 17, 2008, 6:52:53 AM9/17/08
to, J.M. Garg,
I am a bit confused here.....please help....

Last year too we observed this species (Topli-Karvi) in mass flowering at Kaas......have attached the images (Both images are from last year)

This year also, we saw them in Mass flowering at Kaas.....

The flowering last year, didnt look like sporadic flowering as we could observe carpets of these in full bloom......

Topli Karvi-1.jpg
Topli Karvi-3.jpg

Neil Soares

Sep 17, 2008, 9:02:32 AM9/17/08
to Adesh Shivkar,
Hi Adesh,
According to Dr.Almeida's book [Flora of Maharashtra] and Yadav & Sardesai's [Flora of Kolhapur District] Pleocaulis ritchiei generally flowers between September to December. However Ritchie observed it flowering once in 7 years and possibly that fact has stuck.

--- On Wed, 9/17/08, Adesh Shivkar <> wrote:

J.M. Garg

Sep 17, 2008, 9:50:26 AM9/17/08
to, Adesh Shivkar,
Thanks, Neil ji.
Here are some details & links for Pleocaulus ritchiei from Indiantreepix Database:
Pleocaulus ritchiei (syn. Strobilanthes sessilis, S. sessilis var. ritchiei) Acanthaceae Mal Karvy, topli karvi  at Kas plateau, Satara district in Sep '07. Mal Karvy Topli Karvi - indiantreepix | Google Groups

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