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India's highest herb garden opens in Uttarakhand at an altitude of 11,000 feet

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Tuesday, 24th August 2021

India has just established its first "highest" herb garden in Mana, Chamoli district, Uttarakhand. The park is located at an altitude of 11,000 feet and was established in the town of Mana near the Indochina border. According to Sanjiv Chaturvedi, General Forest Conservation Officer, the park will help protect a variety of alpine species with medicinal and cultural importance and promote research on the reproduction and ecology of these species.


According to the report, the park was developed in the 3-acre area provided by Mana Van Panchayat by the Forest Research Department of the Ministry of Uttarakhand. According to the plan of the Forestry Compensation Fund Planning and Management Agency (CAMPA), the development of the park took three years.


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The report indicates that there are about 40 species in the park, which are usually found in the high-altitude mountain areas of the Himalayas in India.


Reports say that the park has been divided into four parts. The first part will contain species related to Badrinath (Lord Vishnu), including Badri Tulsi, Ber, Badri Tree, and Bhojpatra Sacred Tree. The second part is devoted to the Ashtavarga species, which is a group of eight herbs found in the Himalayas. They are Riddhi (Habenaria Intermedia), Jeevak (Malaxis Acuminata), Vriddhi (Habenaria Edgeworthii), Kakoli (Fritillaria Roylei), Rishbhak ( Malaxis muscifera), Maida (Ploygonatum Cirrhifolium), Ksheer Kakoli (Lilium Polyphyllum), and Maha Maida (Polygonatum Verticillatum).


The chief curator stated that the third part will have Saussurea species and will include Brahma (Saussurea Obvallata), which is also the state flower of Uttarakhand. Other Saussurea plants in the park include Nilkamal (Saussurea Graminifolia), Phemkamal (Saussurea Simpsonana), and Koot (Saussurea Costus).


The fourth part will have a variety of alpine species, including Meethavis, Ateesh, Choru, and Vankakdi, all of which are medicinal materials and are in great demand, Chaturvedi added.


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