Dear members,
It's heartening to reiterate that *Efloraofindia*
is the largest google e-group/ forum in the world *in this field & the
largest nature related e-group (and the most constructive) in India with
around 2,90,000 messages so far & membership currently around 2970 nos.

efloraofindia (eFI in short) website
<> is one of the biggest
non-commercial site, one of its kind in the world & also without
advertisements, based on the collection of photographic images of wild
plants, where no money or professional organisation is involved except for
the selfless efforts of its members from diverse backgrounds. It is
documenting flora of India that is being discussed on efloraofindia google
e-group <> along with
supplementing the working of the group.* It also has the largest database
on net on Indian Flora with more than 12,000 species (along with more than
2,50,000 pictures)*, from some of the best Flora Photographers of
India. Members
should add Efloraofindia <>
website <> link in their
favourites & give species’ links from this while posting or replying in a
thread as lot of discussed data is already available here.
Intent of this website is compilation of all the posts on 'efloraofindia'
e- group along with providing other details so that it’s useful to all
concerned as all the data about a particular species will be available
under a single head & *easily searchable*. However, correctness of data/
identification in the efloraofindia (earlier indiantreepix) links is
dependent on the members’ inputs in that particular link. Therefore,
errors/ mistakes cannot be ruled out-everyone is requested to point them
out for corrections by sending an e-mail to <>.
Efloraofindia e-group members can also add comments about it after 'signing
in' at the bottom of the page.
Surfing efi has become much easier with subpage listings
<!topic/indiantreepix/6IzqedrJNzE>. Members
are now allowed to insert images in efi site
<!topic/indiantreepix/b-pOaDL70Vk> from
efi e-group discussions. There has been tremendous response to this
initiative & we hope to complete having pictures to all species pages
within 31.3.18. We have simultaneously started displaying these at genera &
family pages with comparative images of various species for easy
identification. Insertion of images will also increase the accuracy of
efloraofindia database
<!topic/indiantreepix/6zAgQd5DD3s>. 2016
was declared as efi Year of insertion of images
<!topic/indiantreepix/eooZJFNVge0> and
more than 60,000 unique images have already been inserted.

More important is the fact that thousands of observations of hundreds of
our members are available here (many of which one will not find documented
anywhere) & easily searchable through general web searches (after adding
efloraofindia) as well as by searching in the Efloraofindia
<> website
<>. And these are going to
increase with every passing day. These original observations will be a
treasure trove & will a delight to a lot of people. With the pace at which
new species are being added to our database, it should become the premier
resource for taxonomic research in India. As the data is multiplying, we
need more volunteers to take up this work. Details can be seen at Volunteers

For better viewing of species' pages, colour scheme & formatting is being
followed as at the footer of every efloraofindia page.

These days a lot of inf. about Indian Flora is available under Cc-by license
<> (Licensees may
copy, distribute, display and perform the work and make derivative works
based on it only if they give the author or licensor the credits in the
manner specified by these). Due credits/ attributions are to be given. Such
sources include Wikipedia, India Biodiversity Portal, IUCN Red List, PFAF,
Flora of Tibet website, IBIS Flora etc. I am trying to add such inf. with
due credits. I am also trying to add keys & summarizing the information at
the top of the page (for the pages I am coming across while adding
information from current threads). Genera pages are also cleaned up so that
species (due to wrong botanical names or being syn. of some other species)
are deleted or properly connected as per the current accepted name along
with references. Future eFI genera pages will be like *Cyanotis*
upon the time I get as & when I update a genus page so that we are aware
which are the species which are likely to be found in India (depending on
the net resources) & which are already available in eFI.

Kudos & thanks to The Pillars
Subject/ Area Experts
Moderators <>,
Major contributors
<> &
other members who are rendering selfless service on the group & made this
endeavour possible for the benefit of everyone.

With regards,

'Creating awareness of Indian Flora & Fauna'

Winner of Wipro-NFS Sparrow Awards 2014 for efloraofindia

For identification, learning, discussion & documentation of Indian Flora,
please visit/ join our Efloraofindia Google e-group
<!forum/indiantreepix> (largest in the
world- around 2800 members & 2,65,000 messages on 31.3.17) or Efloraofindia
website <> (with a species
database of more than 12,000 species & 2,50,000 images).

The whole world uses my Image Resource
<> of more than a
thousand species & eight thousand images of Birds, Butterflies, Plants etc.
(arranged alphabetically & place-wise). You can also use them for free as
per Creative Commons license attached with each image.

Also author of 'A Photoguide to the Birds of Kolkata & Common Birds of

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