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Arboretum

The Arboretum in the main campus of Kerala Forest Research Institute at Peechi is spread in five hectares. The biotope is moist deciduous forests with 33 tree species. The present holding of the Arboretum is 3089 accessions belonging to 170 species under 50 families and 122 genera, with more than 50 taxa endemic to southern Peninsular India. Arboretum is maintained with grid maps with markings of the location details of each of the live collection. The Arboretum is also recognized internationally by inclusion in the Index Seminum with ID No. 1518 and is also enlisted in the National Network of Botanical Gardens in India, the Arboretum promises to be a rewarding experience to visiting students.

Seedlings of different arborescent species belonging to the moist deciduous forests of the State along with those of endemic species from the semi evergreen, evergreen and dry deciduous forest types are present in the Arboretum.

At present, there are 170 taxa of woody species in the arboretum. They belong to one gymnosperm and 169 angiosperm species. Among the angiosperms, 162 taxa are dicotyledons belonging to 118 genera and 47 families. Monocotyledons are represented by 7 species of 3 genera and 2 families. Among the total 170 species in the Arboretum, 49 species are southern Peninsular Indian endemics.

For more details please refer the KFRI research report (KFRI 402/03) titled: “Establishment of an Arboretum of rare and characteristic species of moist deciduous forests of Kerala”

List of Southern Peninsular Indian endemic species representation in the Arboretum (49 species):
Actinodaphne malabarica Balakr, Aglaia barberi Gamble, Aglaia lawii (Wt.) Sald, Alstonia venenata R. Br, Archidendron monadelphum (Roxb.) Neilson, Artocarpus hirsutus Lamk, Baccaurea courtallesnsis (Wt.) Muell.-Arg, Beilschmiedia wightii (Nees) Benth, Calamus travancoricus Bedd. ex Becc. et Hook.f, Calamus vattayila Renuka, Calophyllum calaba Linn, Cinnamomum malabatrum (Burm.f.) Bl, Cordia wallichii G. Don, Diospyros bourdillonii Brandis, Diospyros paniculata Dalz, Dipterocarpus bourdillonii Brandis, Dipterocarpus indicus Bedd, Dysoxylum malabaricum Bedd. ex Hiern, Ficus dalhousiae Miq, Flacourtia montana Grah, Garcinia gummi-gutta (Linn.) Robs, Gluta travancorica Bedd, Holigarna arnottiana Hook. f, Hopea parviflora Bedd, Hopea racophloea Dyer, Humboldtia bourdillonii Prain, Humboldtia vahliana Wt, Hydnocarpus pentandra (Buch.-Ham.) Oken, Ixora brachiata Roxb. ex DC, Kingiodendron pinnatum (Roxb.) Harms, Lagerstroemia microcarpa Wt, Litsea coriacea (Heyne ex Meisner) Hook.f, Mastixia arborea (Wt.) Bedd, Mitragyna tubulosa (Arn.) Hav, Myristica beddomei King, Myristica fatua Houtt, Nothopegia colebrookeana (Wt.) Bl, Otonephelium stipulaceum (Bedd.) Radlk, Palaquium ellipticum (Dalz.) Baill, Polyalthia fragrans (Dalz.) Bedd, Radermachera xylocarpa (Roxb.) K. Schum, Semecarpus auriculata Bedd, Semecarpus travancorica Bedd, Syzygium palghatense Gamble, Syzygium travancoricum Gamble, Terminalia paniculata Roth, Vateria indica Linn, Vateria macrocarpa B. L. Gupta, Xanthophyllum arnottianum Wt,
Contact: Arboretum
Kerala Forest Research Institute
Peechi P.O, Thrissur District, Kerala - 680653, India.
Tel: +91-487-2690330
e-mail: arboretum@kfri.res.in