Rare palm from Andamans gets second home

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News:Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI) has given Pinanga andamanensis its second home at Palode,Kerala.

Facts:

  • Pinanga andamanensis: It is one of the critically endangered endemic palm species from the South Andaman Islands.
  • It’s name is derived from ‘Penang’, the modern-day Malaysian state and it resembles the Areca Palm.
  • It was originally described by the Italian botanist Odoardo Beccari in 1934 based on an old herbarium specimen collected by E.H. Man,an assistant superintendent in the Andaman administration.
  • Its entire population of some 600 specimens naturally occurs only in a tiny, evergreen forest pocket in South Andaman’s Mount Harriet National Park.
  • Uses: Its use are yet to be understood fully.But this palm holds promise as an avenue tree for gardens, pavements and homesteads.
  • Threats: Natural calamities such as cyclones, earthquakes and rampaging by wild elephants among others.