New Species of Plants and Animals Discovered

Species in news: Kannimara Teak


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Kannimara teak

Mains level: Not Much

The legendary Kannimara teak of the Parambikulam Tiger Reserve is still growing in height and girth.

What is the news?

  • Over the last five years, the centuries-old teak has grown by 1.85 metres in height and 9 cm in girth.
  • This might be one of the largest and oldest teak tree in the world.

Kannimara teak

  • Worshipped by the tribes of Parambikulam, the Kannimara teak remains a flagship of the tiger reserve offering a spectacular view to visitors.
  • For the tribespeople of Parambikulam, it is still a ‘virgin tree’.
  • That was why they named it Kannimara (meaning virgin tree).
  • The tribal legend has it that the tree had bled when people tried to cut it.
  • So they protected it and started worshipping the tree by offering annual pujas.
  • The Kannimara tree had won the Union government’s Mahavriksha Puraskar in its first year of introduction in 1994.



UPSC 2023 countdown has begun! Get your personal guidance plan now! (Click here)

Get an IAS/IPS ranker as your 1: 1 personal mentor for UPSC 2024

Attend Now

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments


Join us across Social Media platforms.

💥Mentorship New Batch Launch
💥Mentorship New Batch Launch