Home > Books > Trees of South India: Exploring the Botanical Riches

Trees of South India: Exploring the Botanical Riches

Comments are Off

Exploring the Botanical Riches: Trees of South India

Auroville Botanical Gardens’ Endeavor

The culmination of over five decades of dedicated work, Trees of South India stands as a testament to the passionate efforts of Auroville Botanical Gardens. This comprehensive guide delves into the diverse and ecologically vital native trees and shrubs that grace the landscapes from the Coromandel Coast to the hillocks of the Eastern Ghats.

Geographic Diversity: Coromandel Coast to Western Ghats

Stretching across the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, and, to some extent, Odisha, the geographical expanse covered by this guide is vast. It encapsulates the varied ecosystems from the Coromandel Coast, navigating through the lower reaches of the Western Ghats, to the hillocks of the Eastern Ghats—a contiguous woodland that flourished until a few thousand years ago.

A Pictorial Guide to Native Flora

The heart of the book lies in its detailed and accessible presentation of 190 ecologically important species of native trees and shrubs. Auroville Botanical Gardens’ deep botanical knowledge is woven into the fabric of this guide, making it an invaluable resource for plant enthusiasts, amateur naturalists, and conservationists alike. 

Rare and Threatened Species: Conservation Focus

Among the featured species are the rare and threatened plants like satinwood, poplar-leaved ardor, Indian kino, red sanders, and rosewood. As awareness grows about the crucial role played by native forests in combating climate change, this guide becomes a powerful tool for those keen on understanding indigenous flora and actively contributing to their preservation.

Significance in Conservation Efforts

Trees of South India goes beyond being a mere identification guide; it serves as a call to action for conservationists and individuals alike. Armed with the knowledge within its pages, readers are equipped to appreciate the richness of South India’s biodiversity and contribute to the ongoing efforts to conserve these precious ecosystems.

In essence, this book is more than a guide; it’s a journey through the ecological wonders of South India, an invitation to explore, understand, and actively participate in the preservation of the region’s botanical heritage.