Oct 24, 2009, 2:40:22 AM10/24/09
This fantastic bloom springs up seasonally in our friend
Dr.Vijayaraghavan Vangal's lawns at his home in Ooty.Pic taken &
details provided by Dr. Vijayaraghavan. Tigridea
pavonia,Family-Iridaceae.Tiger Flower or Mexican Shell Flower.
Details: 'Grows in slightly acidic soil such as in Ooty.Seen around
the same time every year.As one wilts another sprouts from the same
place.Not seen more than 2 at the same spot.Summer flower-grows end
March-end May.Dormant beneath soil thro' winter.Survives up to -0.5 -
0 degrees- as seen in Ooty.Also grown in New Zealand i believe.Must
have come to Ooty thro' missionaries in early 1800s when Savoy
Hotel,Ooty club,Steepen's Church came into being.Leaves similar to
Kikiu-?-grass.No watering. Comes on it's own with dew & moisture in
Which category can it come under?Introduced Wild Flower?
Thanks & with regards