The Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden previously known as Indian Botanic Garden has the largest herbarium in India. It is located in Shibpur, Howrah near Kolkata. It falls under Botanical Survey of India (BSI) of Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.
Features of Indian Botanic Garden
- The gardens exhibit a wide variety of rare plants.
- A total collection of over 12,000 specimens spread over 109 hectares.
- The best-known landmark of the garden is The Great Banyan, an enormous banyan tree which is recorded to be the largest tree in the world.
- The gardens were founded in 1787 by Colonel Robert Kyd.
- Jackal (Canis aureus), Indian mongoose and the Indian Fox are the common animals seen in the garden.