In Photos: Mumbai’s Last Remaining Green Spaces
For most parts of the year, the rocky outcrops of the Sahyadri are painted in shades of brown and one can be forgiven for thinking of them as dead and barren. But as the first showers of monsoon hits the ground, something magical happens. Suddenly, blooms of millions of monsoon ephemerals cover every available niche. These beauties have a very short lifespan; mostly around a week. What you see here at the Tandulwadi Fort is Chlorophytum tuberosum (Roxb.) Bak., locally known as safed musli. The tender plant is a local delicacy and is threatened by exploitation and destruction of its habitat.