The hill road to Yercaud has a particularly beautiful stretch that comprises almost entirely of green bamboo forests on both sides of the road. This lovely landscape no longer has myriad shades of green because a unique phenomenon is taking place.The stately Bamboo is in bloom.
This flowering is a phenomenon because the bamboo’s flowering intervals are decades long and all bamboos of a species bloom at the same time irrespective of geography and climatic conditions.
The long flowering intervals and the mass flowering of a species are mysteries that defy botanists to this day.
The flowers are less than spectacular and are structured for wind pollination.
The seeds which are called bamboo-rice attract a large number of birds.
When a Bamboo flowers it expends tremendous energy in producing flowers and seeds and there is a total lack of leaf production.The mass flowering stresses the bamboo to such an extent that it dies.
It is sometimes said that the mother bamboo dies to give way to young seedlings.