Calicut University

Calicut University Botanical Garden

 

Department of Botony
University of Calicut

Established in 1971 in the lush green panoramic, undulating, lateritic hummocky land of the Calicut University Campus, the Calicut University Botanical  Garden  (CUBG),

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founded by Prof. (Dr.) B.K. Nayar, the then Head of the Department of Botony , has developed into an excellent centre of biodiversity and ex-situ conservation of tropical Indian flora and exotic species.The Garden, inaugurated in 1972 by Prof. R. E. Holttum, thethen Director, Singapore Botanical Garden.
In 1985 the CUBG has achieved international status when it was recognized by the International Consortium of Botanic Garden and Centre for    World  Conservation Strategy.
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At the entrance on the western side, the visitors are greeted by a display map and two Krishna’s buttercup trees (Ficus krishnae). Next is the Garden reception office & Museum where the details of the garden are available to the visiting folk.
The Garden sprawls over 19.5 ha with a shallow basin encompassed by the slopping terrains except a narrow gap on the southern side where it slides down to a small transitory reservoir, providing  diverse  habitat  and niche for a variety of plants.The central shallow region is provided with a graceful, placid pool and an octagonal green house and avenues of Royal palms and Oil palms The motorable ring road from the main entrance on the western side touching the green house, ginger zone, northern gate, bamboosetum and rockery provides extension to the arboretum, and medicinal
 
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plant conservatory enabling a quick walk/journey though the exquisite and luxuriant vegetation of myriads of hues and fragrance.
 
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Ex situ conservation of the Rare, Endangered and Threatened (RET) plants of South India is the major thrust area of the garden.
For details contact
   
Dr. M. Sabu.
 
Professor
 
Officer-in-charge, CUBG
 
Department of Botany
 
Calicut University. P.O.
 
PIN – 673 635.