BAMBOO BLOSSOM

April 2,2016

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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.

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Forests of Bamboo are copious with bloom on the hill sides

PHENOMENON

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.

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The long flowering intervals and the mass flowering of a species are mysteries that defy botanists to this day.

phenomena in National Geographic

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The flowers are less than spectacular and are structured for wind pollination.

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BAMBOO BLOSSOMS

The seeds which are called bamboo-rice attract a large number of birds.

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STRIPPED AND BARE AGAINST THE SKY
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PRETTY AS A PAINTING- FLOWER LADEN BAMBOO PLANTS AGAINST THE SKY

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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.

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FROM GREEN TO YELLOW TO BROWN
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DEAD BAMBOO CANES COLLAPSE UPON THEMSELVES AND CAN LOOK QUITE DREADFUL!

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It is sometimes said that the mother bamboo dies to give way to young seedlings.

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