Advertisement
Thursday, Jun 30, 2022
Outlook.com
Outlook.com

Weighing 30 Kilos, 'World's Largest Seed' From Over 120-Year-Old Tree Is Centre Of Attraction At Kumbh

Dr Shiv Kumar of the BSI told PTI-Bhasha that the seed belonged to a tree planted at the Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden near Kolkata in 1894. The tree had flowered after 112 years, Kumar said.

Weighing 30 Kilos, 'World's Largest Seed' From Over 120-Year-Old Tree Is Centre Of Attraction At Kumbh
Representational Image | File Photo
Weighing 30 Kilos, 'World's Largest Seed' From Over 120-Year-Old Tree Is Centre Of Attraction At Kumbh
outlookindia.com
2019-02-10T17:07:30+05:30

At the Kumbh Mela, the largest congregation in the world, a double coconut palm seed weighing a whopping 30 kg on display at an exhibition by the Ministry of Environment, is attracting eyeballs and has become the centre of attraction at the Kumbh.

A Botanical Survey of India (BSI) scientist has claimed that the seed is the world's largest.

Dr Shiv Kumar of the BSI told PTI-Bhasha that the seed belonged to a tree planted at the Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden near Kolkata in 1894. The tree had flowered after 112 years, Kumar said.

The tree, which is now grown only in two African islands, is on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's global Red Data list for species under threat.

The double coconut palm tree has a lifespan of 1,000 years and takes a decade to flower.

An orchid seed, measuring 799 microns, is also on display at the exhibition in the MoE pandal here. The seed is so tiny that one cannot see it without using a microscope.

The picture of a giant banyan tree, touted as the world's largest, is also attracting visitors and devotees at the famed Mela.

According to Dr Kumar, the tree does not have the main branch since 1925.

The ministry's exhibition aims at creating awareness about forest resources in the country.

The Kumbh Mela commenced on January 15 on Makar Sankranti and Mahashivratri on March 4 will mark its culmination.

PTI

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Lament Of Separation: Songs Of Habba Khatun, Last Queen Of Kashmir, Still Echo In Valley

Lament Of Separation: Songs Of Habba Khatun, Last Queen Of Kashmir, Still Echo In Valley

In happy times and sad, Habba Khatun’s sensuous songs make both young and old emotional. With the never-ending conflict bringing tragedies to every doorstep, Habba’s lyrics of separation amplify their mourning.

How Indian Laws Govern People’s Right To Love And Live

How Indian Laws Govern People’s Right To Love And Live

In India, only those relationships between a man and a woman are considered to be legitimate when there is a marriage between the two.

Kohli Quits Test Captaincy, Leaves Leadership Vacuum

Kohli Quits Test Captaincy, Leaves Leadership Vacuum

Virat Kohli, 33, had recently stepped down as India's T20I captain and was subsequently removed as the ODI captain.

UP Elections 2022: How Congress Is Harnessing Power Of 'Persecuted' Women To Counter BJP

UP Elections 2022: How Congress Is Harnessing Power Of 'Persecuted' Women To Counter BJP

A Mahila Congress leader, who is the face of the ‘Ladki Hoon, Lad Sakti Hoon’ campaign, however, has accused the party of anti-women bias after she was denied a ticket.

Advertisement