Pondicherry Petrified Podocarp

At the Jardin Botanique in an old French Colony, an fragment of a fossilized conifer fossil has been placed upright with smaller pieces of petrified wood

Sacred Heart Salvation Samanea

Across from the Pondicherry railstationt the Sacred Heart Church, this tree grows on the edge of the grotto-cave, next to a Jesus statue.

The Crutch

Near, Krishna’s Butterball Boulder, this tree is rotted through the center, and is balancing carefully on pieces of decaying wood.

Jaws II Crocodile Tree

Amongst the many draconican reptiles at the the Crocodile Bank along the Coromandel coast, the largest and most impressive Croc- Jaws the Second- waits in the water underneath this tall Ailanthus.

IIT Madras Ambassador

One of the large banyans hiding in the woods of the Indian Institute of Technology, this tree has a bench for contemplation, branches to monkey in, and monkeys in the branches contemplating you.

India’s Southernmost Tree

The southernmost trees of mainland India are scrubby Casuarina’s behind the Gandhi memoria, and just nearby you can find a rubbish pile of plastic litter

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

A Monster of a Monkey Puzzle

A huge Araucaria tree grow in the back of the Ooty Botanical Gardens, a representative of an ancient lineage of conifers which used to dominate the world

Landmark Trees of India