Botanical expo lures big crowd

The five-day show titled "Open House" lured nearly 50,000 people turned up to see the rich biological wealth showcased by the event,

Thiruvananthapuram: A botanical expo featuring
over 4,000 plants, has attracted huge crowd at the state-run
Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research
Institute (JNTBGRI) at Palode near here.

The five-day show titled "Open House" lured nearly 50,000
people turned up to see the rich biological wealth showcased
by the event, the Instiute authorities said.

The show, which winds up this week end, has put on display
a wide range of plants from `anathamara` or huge water lilly
to a rare boa tree from Africa besides many rare flora
species.

A total of 68 bamboo species, around 22 varieties of
`nepenthes`, a number of other insectivorous plants, a rare
variety of Coscinium fenestratum known as `maramanjal` in
local parlance are some of the highlight of the exhibition.

"The exhibition is meant to encourage conservation
initiatives and promote research activities ," Dr N Mohanan,
Head, Garden Division, TREGB, told news agency.

"Our larger collection of bamboos, palms and medicinal
plants came as a surprise to the people. The rush of visitors
has been much more than what we expected," he said.

The `nepenthes` or `pathrachedi` in local parlance swallows
flies that perch on it after being enticed by the fragrant
nectar, was a novel experience for many visitors, he said.

The show also provided a chance for the students at various
levels to interact with the scienitists of the Institute.

The staff and volunteers explained to the visitors the
importance of biodiversity and the need for conservation,
soures said.

The sales of organic utensils and farming equipment and
good quality saplings at the stalls arranged as part of the
exhibition also did well, they said.

PTI

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