June 12, 2024

The ENP has got its first fernarium.

About Ferns

  • Ferns are part of the Epiphytic family. They grow naturally in a soilless condition. The plants obtain water and nutrients through leaching from trees.
  • Ferns are a diverse group of plants that do not produce flowers or seeds but instead reproduce through spores.
  • Some ferns are used for food.

 About Eravikulam National Park (ENP)

  • It is located in Southern Western Ghats near Idukki, Kerala.
  • Anamudi is the highest peak at 2695 meters (also the highest peak of the Indian Peninsula).
  • Vegetation includes grasslands, shrublands and Shola forests.
  • It was declared a sanctuary in 1975 and later a National Park (1978) with the intention of protecting the indigenous population of Nilgiri Tahr (IUCN status- endangered). Other animals include Nilgiri Marten, Ruddy Mongoose, Small Clawed Otter, etc.
  • “Neelakurinji”, the flower that blooms once in twelve years grows here.
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