Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL), the operator of Kempegowda International Airport, has embarked upon a journey to make BLR Airport a one-stop location for exotic, endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna. BIAL has imported the exotic Mediterranean trees and plants from Spain and Italy. These include the world-renowned dragon trees (Dracaena draco) and Cupressus varieties.
After a ten-week voyage from Europe, followed by a two-day road trip from Mumbai, the trees and plants, packed in temperature-controlled containers, arrived in Bengaluru in good health. All the plants and trees will be kept in a greenhouse for ten weeks to acclimatise to the local weather and soil conditions before they are moved to their respective locations. The arrival of this consignment marks the beginning of the process of acquiring exotic, rare, endangered and threatened flora and fauna from across the world by the airport.
“In keeping with Bengaluru’s image as ‘the Garden City of India’, BIAL is working to reflect this image at the airport by creating world-class landscapes. This will ensure that our landscape endorses the building of biodiversity and sustainability, in keeping with the garden-themed Terminal 2,” said Prasannamurti Desai, Head of Landscaping, BIAL.
The 80 to 400-year old dragon trees that arrived at BLR Airport are among the oldest such species in the world. According to Greek mythology, the dragon trees were believed to have emerged from the blood of the hundred-headed dragon, Ladon. The Dragon Tree is hugely popular with landscapers because of its naturally strong architectural features. Unlike other Dracaena species, the tree adapts well to cooler as well as warmer climates.
The dragon tree, a threatened species, is native to the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Madeira and Western Morocco. They are so valued in Tenerife that it has been chosen as the natural symbol of the island nation. Under perfect conditions, the dragon tree can grow up to between 10 and 12 metres in height, with a spread of up to 4 metres.