Andhra Pradesh’s 1st wild orchidarium in Visakhapatnam


  • Andhra Pradesh’s first wild orchidarium to come up in Visakhapatnam soon.

Key Details about orchidarium

  • The scientifically designed orchidarium, planned by the Andhra Pradesh Forest Department in Visakhapatnam, is a part of the Eastern Ghats Biodiversity Centre. A view of the orchidarium being planned by the Andhra Pradesh Forest Department in Visakhapatnam. The orchidarium is a part of the Eastern Ghats Biodiversity Centre that is coming up soon.

    Photo Credit: KR Deepak
  • This centre, a first of its kind project in Andhra Pradesh by the forest department, is coming up near the ACA VDCA Cricket Stadium area bordering the Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • About 20 species of orchids found in the Eastern Ghats including the cooktown orchid, moon orchid, dancing lady orchid and eight varieties of vanda orchids can be seen here.
  • It is estimated that there are as many as 25,000 varieties of naturally occurring orchids in the world. Of these, more than 1,300 species of wild orchids are recorded in India.
  • However, the focus of the orchidarium is to highlight the varieties found in the Eastern Ghats.
  • It will serve as a knowledge centre for ex situ conservation of orchids.

Source: TH

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