Hyderabad: An image has become viral on social media that the world’s tallest Tulsi has been found in Karnataka’s Biligirangana Betta.

“The largest tulsi tree in the world, it is in the Karnataka Biligirangana Betta in India! Jai Ma Tulsi, Hare Krishna Hare Krishna S.E.S. (Sic),” reads the caption of the image shared by Ses Sharma on Facebook.

The largest tulsi tree in the world, it is in the Karnataka Biligirangana Betta in India! Jai Ma TulsiHare Krishna Hare…

Posted by Ses Sharma on Tuesday, June 2, 2020

The claim was also viral on twitter.

Fact Check:

Tulsi, Ocimum Sanctum, is known as Holy Basil in foreign countries. According to its properties, the plant can grow up to 90cm tall and the leaves can be 3 to 4 cm.

 

But in the image, it’s evident that it’s not a plant but a huge tree with bigger leaves compared to that of the actual Tulsi plant.

The tallest basil plant recorded by Guinness is found in Greece and grown by Anastasia Grigoraki. The plant was around 3.34m (334cm tall). It was added to the Guinness book of world records on July 4, 2012.

Basil

As it is clear from the picture that the plant is tall but its leaves are small and the branches are thin.

We zoomed the viral image and did a reverse search. We found that it is similar to a mango tree. The leaves match that of a mango tree. While many had also commented that it is a mango tree.

Mango Tree Tulsi

The image was viral even last year and was fact-checked by Vishwas news.

Hence the claim that the image of the world’s largest Tulsi is false. It is probably a mango tree.

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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