State’s first Fernarium at Rajamala; 104 varieties available at Eravikulam

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Fern garden at Rajamala

Kozhikode: In a first of its kind venture in the state, a fern garden is being prepared at Eravikulam National Park in Munnar. The plantation of the ferns will be completed within a month. This will allow tourists who visit Rajamala to experience the fernarium along with viewing the Nilgiri tahrs.

This fern garden is expected to be ready to receive tourists by Onam. Ferns are plants devoid of flowers and seeds. They grow in plenty in areas that are moist and shady. They can be found in abundance on the outer bark of trees and along the banks of ponds and streams. Though traditionally ferns were not considered remarkable, they have proved to have an appealing aesthetics of their own.

The main fern species found in the country are Boston fern, cotton candy fern, bird’s nest, wood fern, foxtail, fishtail, maidenhair and staghorn. The fern garden is being prepared adjacent to the orchid gardens near the entrance of Eravikulam park.

About 104 species of fern from the national park are planted here. The plants are protected by a special 500 square feet rain cover. The plants are collected from the interior forest by the College of Forestry under the guidance of researchers from the Kerala agricultural University. Life warden S.V Vinod and Asst. life warden Job J Neriamparambil.

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