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Malabar Botanical Garden and Institute for Plant Sciences

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India - Kerala State - Kozhikode

Institution Code: MALAB

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: Yes

About the Malabar Botanical Garden and Institute for Plant Sciences

Malabar Botanical Garden, Kozhikode, Kerala State, India, located in the panoramic, serene suburban area of Calicut (Kozhikode) city (8 Km from Railway Station and 25 Km from Airport) is renowned for its excellent fresh water plant collections of India. The garden sprawls over 16 ha area with 6 ha wetland which transforms into a placid lake during monsoon, ideal for wetland flora conservation. The climate is tropical with 3000 mm annual rainfall, high humidity and short summer (Feb-May) with maximum temperature up to 320C. The wetland gradually elevates to a 45 m high lateritic hillock facilitating niche for a wide range of plants. The Malabar Botanical Garden has 8 green houses for primitive plants (mosses and ferns), shade loving plants, orchids, medicinal plants, aquatic plants, etc.) Malabar Botanical Garden is a centre of Research in Biodiversity conservation and related topics.

Main Address:
Malabar Botanical Garden and Institute for Plant Sciences
P.B. No. 1, G.A. College Post
Kerala State 673014 India

Telephone: 91 495 243 0939
Fax: 91 495 243 0939
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: R Prakashkumar
    Curator's Name: Sreekumar. M.K
    Plant Records Officer's Name: R Prakashkumar
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 10
    Educational Staff Number: 5
    Research Staff Number: 8
    Administration Staff Number: 4

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1991
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 8 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 9 Hectares
  • Total Area: 16 Hectares
    Latitude: 11.25
    Longitude: 75.78
    Annual Rainfall: 3000 mm
    Altitude: 0.45 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 1000 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 2000 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: Not applicable
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Malabar Botanical Garden
  • Local Address: Guruvayurappan College P.O. Kozhikode Kerala - 673 014 INDIA
  • Locality: City: KOZHIKODE (CALICUT)
  • Locality: State: KERALA

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 4500
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 5
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: Yes
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: No
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: No
  • Number of Visitors: 7000
    Number of Volunteers: 10

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 3252
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 2500
  • Special Collections:Periodic collection from all over India round the year (minimum one collection trip in each month). Firstly, introduction of plants in the 'Intensive Care Unit' Part of plants are made into herbarium specimens. Then plants are transferred to areas similar to original habitat.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    ABS Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: Yes
    Plant Breeding: Yes
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: No
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: No
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Exploration: Yes
    Floristics: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: No
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: Yes
    Restoration Ecology: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: Yes
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Sustainability: No
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: No
    Urban Environments: No

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: No
    Courses for University/College Students: No
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes