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Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute

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India - Kerala - Thiruvananthapuram

Institution Code: TBGT

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute
Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute

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: 4000
  • 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