India just got its first ‘highest’ herbal park at Mana in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district. The park, situated at a height of 11000 ft, was inaugurated at Mana Village, which is situated close to the Indo-China border. According to Chief Conservator of Forests Sanjiv Chaturvedi, the park will help conserve various medicinally and culturally important alpine species, and facilitate a study on the propagation of these species, as well as their ecology.
As per the reports, the park has been developed on an area that is spread across 3 ac., which has been given by the Mana Van Panchayat by the Research Wing of Uttarakhand Forest Department. Reportedly, it took three years to develop this park under the Central Government’s Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) scheme.
Reports state that the park has around 40 species that are usually found in high-altitude alpine areas in the Indian Himalayan region.
Reports have it that the park has been divided into four sections. The first section will contain species that are associated with Badrinath (Lord Vishnu), which will include Badri Tulsi, Ber, Badri Tree, and sacred tree of Bhojpatra.
The second section has been dedicated to Ashtavarga species, which is a group of eight herbs that are found in the Himalayan region, which are Riddhi (Habenaria Intermedia), Jeevak (Malaxis Acuminata), Vriddhi (Habenaria Edgeworthii), Kakoli (Fritillaria Roylei), Rishbhak (Malaxis Muscifera), Maida (Ploygonatum Cirrhifolium), Ksheer Kakoli (Lilium Polyphyllum), and Maha Maida (Polygonatum Verticillatum).
The Chief Conservator stated that the third section will have Saussurea species and include Brahmakamal (Saussurea Obvallata) which is also the state flower of Uttarakhand. Other Saussurea species at the park include Nilkamal (Saussurea Graminifolia), Phemkamal (Saussurea Simpsoniana), and Koot (Saussurea Costus).
The fourth section will have assorted alpine species including Meethavish, Ateesh, Choru, and Vankakdi, all of which are medicinal herbs and are in great demand, Chaturvedi added.