Sapling of chenkurinji (Gluta travancorica)The near threatened Gluta travancorica are among that trees that would be destroyed if the campus of the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology comes up on the land granted by the State Government.

The tree is in the red list of International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. It is endemic to the Western Ghats south of Aryankavu pass on the border of Kerala Tamil Nadu States in India. It produces the best ornamental wood in India. (The wood is generally not available in the market as the trees exist mostly in the protected sanctuaries and reserve forests of Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts of Kerala and Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu.
The Chenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary in Kollam district is named after Gluta travancorica which is known as chenkurinji, chenduruny and shenduruney in local parlance.

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