What is it?
- The Botanical garden is the green center of MGM college.
- When it was started in the year 1970 it had a variety of 100 species of plants.
- It is situated in an area of about half an acre surrounded by the Chemisrty, Zoology, Botany and Home Science departments.
- The Botanical garden was named "Botanica" during the Golden Jubilee year-1999-2000.
- BOTANICA - containing indigenous and exotic varieties of trees, shrubs and herbs of medicinal and ornamental value.
- The trees in the Campus have been attached with name plates which provide taxonomical information regarding each tree.
- Arches covered with flowering creepers welcome all inside the garden.
- There are a number of trees and plants inside the garden.
- A large number of medicinal plants, a few rare ferns, some xerophytes and other plants required for the regular practical classes have been grown.
- There is a fern house in the garden where different varieties of ferns have been grown.
- Another rare plant, the Telegraph plant is known for its trifoliately compound leaf in which the two smaller leaflets on the sides show jerky movements throughout the day as if they are busy sending telegraphic messages.
- The Govania plant is known for the fact that, when its stem is cut, sap oozes with considerable force, like water gushing out of a tap.
- Cananga Odorata is a rare tree, the only one in Udupi.
- About 40 cycas plants, garden pites, belonging to two species are growing in the garden and the college campus with the male and female plants producing cones.
- Zamia, another gymnasperm of Africa also grows here.
- Parkia is a tall tree with round, tennis ball like inflorescence
- There are a few pools in the garden where hydrophytes like Pistia, Eichornia, Chara, Marsilea, Hydrilla, Lemna, Utricularia, Nymphea, Azolla etc. have been growing.
- Medicinal plants like Ashoka (used in the Ayurvedic drugs , Ashokarishta), Colus aromaticus kus-kus grass and lemon grasses medicate the atmosphere of the garden.