Photos: Mumbai's flora and fauna during monsoon


Hill Turmeric (Curcuma pseudomontana): The most common monsoon herb of this region is now restricted to the wilder patches of the city. If you take a trail on forested lands around the city in early monsoon, you will find this bright pink, purple and yellow- coloured bouquet emerging. The herb has an underground tuber through which it survives the dry season. It gives out the season’s first leaves with the onset of monsoon.

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The onset of the monsoon brings with it a burst of greenery, flowers, birds and insects. It's also the time when this concrete jungle called Mumbai turns into a natural haven. A look at plants, birds and insects to watch out for