From Purvy Jain, plant conservationist and GBS ecosystem gardener: “Rearrangement of the stones and the space around the pond, helped to create a habitat for some very rare species. Eriocaulon ensiforme, Lagenandra keralensis, Phyllanthus singampattianus, to name a few”
Purvy works on a wide range of plants in a variety of communities: everything from rocky habitats to different sized water bodies and shola edges. Note the cliff-like backdrop to the pond with myriad species enjoying the steep vertical surface. This location had been a quarry and was landscaped for planting originally around 1998. Many species have been tried out here, and over time the shifting mosaic of ferns, impatiens, mosses, lycopods, gesneriads and grasses gives this hollow, with its pond, a quality of charm as well as intrigue. It’s always interesting here!
Photo by Purvy Jain