- Chimonobambusa callosa is a bamboo species which is found in Nagaland and adjacent areas.
- It is found at an altitude of 1200 above Mean Sea Level.
- It has the ability to grow to a height of five to 10 metres.
- A long-rhizome spreading bamboo, Chimonobambusa callosa is ideal for soil protection. It has excellent soil binding factors.
- It also has ornamental value as it is characterised by straight, green culms, with rings of thorns adorning the nodes.
Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI)
- It is an Institute of Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment, founded in 1979 with an objective of establishing a Conservatory Botanic Garden of tropical plant resources in general and of the country and the Kerala state in particular.
- It is located in Palode, Kerala. It is the only organization in India, which maintains a 300 acre conservatory garden for the wild tropical plant genetic resources of the country, besides a well integrated multidisciplinary R & D system dealing with conservation, management and sustainable utilization of tropical plant resources.
Why in the news?
- JNTBGRI collected a few samples of Chimonobambusa callosa from Nagaland and introduced it to Vagamon, Kerala.
- The plant has successfully adapted to the local conditions and started to spurt. The JNTBGRI is researching further to spread this species across Kerala for its conservation and other environmental and economic benefits.