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Medicinal Plant Conservation Park

Children from the bioregion visiting Medicinal Plant Conservation Park

The Centre is a teaching and training place for the protection, propagation and use of medicinal plants. As such, it is one of a network of 16 Medicinal Plant Conservation Parks (together with Shakti) funded by The Foundation for the Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT). Housed in its 100% solar powered admin and museum building are a photo display of 240 of the 400 medicinal plants found in the region, a collection of 350 seeds from the local area, a variety of rural artifacts, and a Tamil and English reference library and computer base for research.

Collection of seeds in the seed museum

Surrounding the Centre is the 50-acre Pitchandikulam self-regenerating forest sanctuary, containing some 440 plant species (nearly 340 medicinal) and a wide diversity of fauna. There is also a seed propagation nursery from which endangered medicinal plants are established in the sanctuary and other locations as a gene bank; a medicinal plant demonstration garden with nearly 300 species; and a concentrated herbal garden with nearly 100 species under cultivation for supply to herbal practitioners.

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