National Cactus and Succulent Botanical Garden and Research Centre

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The National Cactus and Succulent Botanical Garden and Research Centre, known as the Cactus Garden, is a 7 acres (2.8 ha) cactus garden[1] in Sector 5 of Panchkula, Haryana, India , was established in 1987, and is known for its rare and endangered species of Indian succulent plants. [2]

It has more than 3,500 species of cactus, many of them endangered,[3][unreliable source?] including Opuntias (prickly pears and chollas), Ferocactus (barrels), other succulents include Agaves, columnar (column-shaped) cacti, Echinocereus (hedgehogs), and Mammillarias (pincushions)[4] and is the largest of its kind in Asia.[5]

The garden was opened in 2004 with 500 plants from the collection of Tarsem Lal,[6] and founded by J S Sarkaria, whose son later lamented the lack of expert care the plants were receiving.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://panchkula.nic.in/places_touristplaces.asp
  2. ^ Land and people of Indian states and union territories: in 36 volumes ... By S. C. Bhatt, Gopal K. Bhargava
  3. ^ Cactus Garden, Panchkula Haryana
  4. ^ http://www.haryanatourism.gov.in/cactus%20garden.asp
  5. ^ "250 US cacti add variety to garden". Times of India. 10 November 2010.
  6. ^ Cactus corner inaugurated Express India
  7. ^ Rare cacti crying for expert attention Express India.

Coordinates: 30°41′52″N 76°51′04″E / 30.697767°N 76.85106°E / 30.697767; 76.85106

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