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Uniyala Multibracteata

  • Context (TH): After a gap of 140 years, researchers have rediscovered a rare and endangered tree species, Uniyala multibracteata (locally known as Kattupoovamkurunnila), from a non-protected area of the Vagamon hills in the Western Ghats.
  • Kattupoovamkurunnila is a small tree or large shrub of 2 to 5 metres high. Its leaves are covered with cottony hairs. It is endemic to the Idukki district of Kerala.

Uniyala Multibracteata - PMF IAS

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Vagamon Hills

  • Vagamon is an enchanting hill station located on the Idukki-Kottayam border.
  • The Vagamon Hills are classified into Thangal Hills, Kurishumala Hills and Murugan Hills. These three hills are meant for Muslims, Christians and Hindus, respectively.


Credit: Iris Holidays

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