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Species in news: Kannimara Teak

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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.

 

 

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