Vadaikanal Vacciniums

In the Shola forests of Kodaikanal, these giant relatives of the blueberry grow in the mists of the montane Nilgiri Rainforests. The Vattakanal Conservation Trust has identified these trees as significant elements of the last shola rainforests. To learn more, or to contribute to their conservation initatives, visit www.vattakanalconservationtrust.org

Vadaikanal Shola Holly

You can find a specimen of the holly tree- often associated with Christmas and cold European winters- in the montane tropical rainforest of the shola at Kodaikanal. The Vattakanal Conservation Trust has identified these trees as significant elements of the last shola rainforests. To learn more, or to contribute to their conservation initatives, visit www.vattakanalconservationtrust.org

The World’s Rarest Tree

The last of its species remaining in the wild, in the shola forests of the Western Ghats. Thought to be extinct, and known previously only from a single specimen, it is being propogated by the Vattakanal Conservation Trust as a last-chance conservation. To learn more, or to contribute to their conservation initatives, visit www.vattakanalconservationtrust.org

The Rarest Tree Ex Situ

The Vattakanal Conservation Trust has planted this tree as part of the Vattakanal Village roadside rainforest restoration efforts- it is the progeny of one tree that is the only surviving member of its species in the wild. To learn more, or to contribute to their conservation initatives, visit www.vattakanalconservationtrust.org

Kodai 500 Year Old Jamun

A gnarled old jamun tree. signposted- and futilely fenced off- is a tourist attraction near Kodai Lake. The Vattakanal Conservation Trust has identified these trees as significant elements of the last shola rainforests. To learn more, or to contribute to their conservation initatives, visit www.vattakanalconservationtrust.org

Landmark Trees of India