30th May, 2020
Pinanga Andamanensis, a rare palm endemic to the South Andaman Island is finding a second home at Palode, Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala).
- Pinanga Andamanensis, a rare palm endemic to the South Andaman Island is finding a second home at Palode, Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala).
- It is a rare palm endemic to South Andaman Island. It is an IUCN critically endangered species and one of the least known among the endemic palms of the Andaman Islands.
- Its entire population of some 600 specimens naturally occurs only in a tiny, evergreen forest pocket in South Andaman’s Mount Harriet National Park.
Mount Harriet National Park:
- Established in 1969, Mount Harriet National Park is located in the south of the Andaman and Nicobar islands.
- It is the third-highest peak in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago next to Saddle Peak in North Andaman and Mount Thuillier in Great Nicobar.
- The name is derived from ‘Penang’, the modern-day Malaysian state. “Penang itself has its origins in ‘Pulau Pinang’, which means ‘Island of the Areca Nut Palm,’.
- It has a small gene poolwhich means the species is vulnerable to natural calamities such as cyclones, earthquakes.