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Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute

India - Kerala - Thiruvananthapuram

Institution Code: TBGT

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

About the Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute

Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute [previously known as Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (TBGRI)] is conserving largest number of live germplasm collection of tropical plants among the Botanic gardens in Asia.

Main Address:
Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute
Pacha Palode
Kerala 695 562 India

Telephone: 91 (0)472 2869626, 2869628
Fax: 91 (0)472 2869646
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Dr. P.G. Latha
    Curator's Name:
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 34
    Educational Staff Number: 24
    Research Staff Number: 155
    Administration Staff Number: 107

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: Yes
    Status: Satellite: Yes
  • Date founded: 1979
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 75 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 60 Hectares
  • Total Area: 121 Hectares
    Latitude: 8.5036
    Longitude: 76.9521
    Annual Rainfall: 2500 mm
    Altitude: 100.00 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: Smt Saraswathy Thankavelu Extension Centre at Puthenthoppu, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Botanic Garden, Palode
  • Local Address: Palode, Karimankode P.O., Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala- 695562
  • Locality: City: Thiruvananthapuram
  • Locality: State: Kerala

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 67104
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 35
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: Yes
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: No
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 100000

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 40000
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 5000
  • Special Collections:Trees and woody Lianas (800 species), Medicinal Aromatic and Spice Plants (1000 species), Orchids (600 species and 150 hybrids), Bamboos (60 species), Rare and Threatened plants ( 400 species); Ferns and fern allies (150 allies); Palms (110 species); Cycads (35 species); Zingibers ( 50 species); Bougainvillea, Plumeria ( 50 varieties each), wild ornamental plants (200 species); Wild fruit plants (50 species; Jasmines (over 50 species/varieties); Insectivorous plants (10 species) and many varieties of ornamentals.

    Established a National Gene Bank for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants including a Meristem Bank, Seed Bank, Cryo Bank and Field Gene Bank under the financial support of Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.

    Established a Systematic Garden for the ameteur taxonomists and students with 900 species and 90 families at JNTBGRI.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    ABS 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: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Exploration: Yes
    Floristics: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Molecular Genetics: Yes
    Pollination Biology: Yes
    Restoration Ecology: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: Yes
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Sustainability: Yes
    Pharmacology: Yes
    Agriculture: Yes
    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: No
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: No
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes