Facilities

Aquagene and Sarovar

Malabar Botanical Garden, a member of the Botanic Gardens Conservation International has a very large collection of aquatic plants of India. These wetland plants are collected from different regions of the Country and are maintained in the Aquagene here. The collections involve all Indain species of Nympheae, Wolffia globosa, Trapa natans, Vallisneria spiralis, Nelumbo species, Nyphar luteum, etc. In addition to the Aquagene, a natural breeding station for Nympheae species is alos maintained a “Sarovar” here. A scheme for establishing an “Aquatic Biopark” meant as the live gene bank of aquatics is also progressing at Malabar Botanical Garden, which is a Lead Garden of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India, in Aquatic plant biodiversity

Butterfly Garden

A part of the garden is made suitably to attract the different


varieties of butterflies by growing flower bearing plants palatable to them. Beautiful butterflies in hundreds can be seen fluttering around the flowers in this garden.

Medicinal Garden

A herbal garden (Sarpagandhi) has been established in about 5 acres in the hilly area. More than 300 varieties of medicinal plants used in the traditional Indian systems of medicine including many endangered species are cultivated here. In the medicinal tree garden (Sanjeevani) medicinal trees like Triphala, Nalpamara, Dasamoola, etc. are demonstrated.

 

Star Forest

A mythological garden Ins been estalished in 1998 as a novel step for creating public interest on trees. As per the Ephemeris, for each of the 27 birth stars a tree is denoted and a person caring his birth tree will get prosperity. This belief of the people has been perpetuated through the project for protecting these trees which are displayed at MBG.

Apushpi (Non flowering plants)

(Aquatic Plant Conservatory and Nursery): Malabar Botanical Garden and Institute for Plant Sciences, a member of the Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), UK, has a very large collection of aquatic plants of India. These wetland plants are collected from different regions of the Country and are maintained in the Aquagene. The collections involve all Indian species of Nymphaea, Wolffia globosa, Trapa natans, Vallisneria spiralis, Nelumbo nucifera, Nuphar luteum, etc. In addition to the Aquagene, a natural breeding station for Nymphaea spp. is also maintained as’Sarovar’here. A scheme for establishing an “Aquatic Biopark” meant as the live gene bank of aquatics is also progressing at Malabar Botanical Garden, which is a Lead Garden of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India, . The delicate aquatic plants which are at the threat of extinction in its original habitats are cultivated ex situ in the Aquatic Plant Conservatory. In addition to the RET species, genetic diversity of specified taxa with considerable endemism are also grown in the Conservatory. The delicate aquatic plants collected from far and wide are also displayed. 

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