The Botanical Garden originally contained nearly 12,000 living plants and over 2.5 million dried plant specimens in the herbarium collected from different parts of the world. Founded by Colonel Alexander Kyd of the East India Country, the Botanical Garden was constituted for the collection of the indigenous trees and also for the acclimation of the foreign plants.
Presently, the garden contains rare species of trees from Nepal, Java, Sumatra, Brazil, Penang, Sicily, etc. In the Botanical Garden of Kolkata, one can find :
- mahogany trees
- Cuban Palms
- mango trees
- tamarind trees
- banyan trees
- coconut trees from Sicily
- multicolored bamboo trees
- the mad tree
- branching palms trees from Brazil
- a variety of aquatic plants (including the rare Victoria Amazonica), and
- various kinds of cacti.
The Botanical Garden, situated about 19 kilometers from Chowringhee, is a popular picnic spot where tourists of all age group can enjoy their time in the lap of mother nature.
Last Updated on : 23 October 2012