Senna Spectabilis

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The Nodal Centre for Biological Invasions (NCBI) at the Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI) has come out with a management plan to eradicate Senna spectabilis.

Why in news?

  • Based on the results of the experimental study done at the Periyar Tiger Reserve, the plan envisages landscape-level management of the tree. 
  • The two key factors considered in developing the management protocol were the fast nature of the spread of the tree in natural forests, and the restoration of natural forests based on landscape.

What is Senna Spectabilis?

  • Senna spectabilis is an invasive species.
  • It is introduced as an ornamental species and for use as firewood from South and Central America.

Key facts about the Periyar Tiger Reserve

  • It is nestled in the southern region of Western Ghats in the state of Kerala.
  • It is drained by the rivers Mullayar and Periyar.
  • Flora: tropical evergreen, semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forests and grasslands.
  • Fauna: Tiger, Elephant, Lion-tailed macaque, Nilgiri Tahr etc.


Q1) What is the role of the National Tiger Conservation Authority?

This authority works from on-the-ground protection initiatives to science-based monitoring of tigers and their habitat using the latest technological tools.

Source: Plan in place to eradicate invasive plant species from Kerala’s wildlife habitat