Database of Indian Plants- developed by the members of Efloraofindia Google Group.
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 as on 31.3.17, from some of the best Flora Photographers of India, at its efloraofindia e-group links). It also includes some species from around the world, which has been posted by our members. We have started inserting these images for direct display at species’ pages & likely to complete it by 31.3.18 or earlier. We have simultaneously started displaying these at genera & family pages with comparative images of various species for easy identification.
efloraofindia e-group (earlier Indiantreepix/ Efloraindia) is the largest Google e-group in the world in this field & largest nature related in India (and the most constructive, with around 2800 members & 2,65,000 messages on 31/3/17) devoted to creating awareness, helping in identification (e-gurukul) etc. along with discussion & documentation of Indian Flora. It has already completed nine years in June'2016.
One can visit & join ‘efloraofindia’ e-group by clicking at efloraofindia google e-group & then clicking on 'Sign in' & then 'Sign up' on next page. In this way, one may choose from one of the four options given below:
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A species database (Alphabetically family wise- Seed plants etc.) is being maintained on this website family wise, genera wise & then species wise. Intent of this database 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 page & easily searchable. New threads are added at the bottom of the page before references. Attempts are also being made to update genera pages so as to incorporate most of the species available in India & nearby areas with details & keys directly or through links as far as possible. We expect to complete it by 31.3.18, for most of the genera having more than four species in India. Species database pages contain botanical names with publication details & their synonyms mostly from 'The Plant List'/ GRIN/ eFloras (Flora of Pakistan/ Nepal/ China)/ e-books from India/ other references etc., pronunciation, etymology & nativity, common names in different languages, descriptions (it can also be checked from reference links of eFloras/ e-books/ flowersofindia site etc. given at the bottom), efloraofindia e-group discussion links (which contain full discussions verbatim along with pictures from foremost Flora photographers & experts), summarised discussions from these links, flowering data/ place of pictures, important links, reference links etc. Great contributions have been made by those in the list of The Pillars, Other Experts, Moderators & Major Contributors with regard to documentation & identification of posted species along with taking care of other aspects.
Surfing efi has become much easier with subpage listings. Members are now allowed to insert images in efi site from efi e-group discussions. There has been tremendous response to this initiative & we hope to complete having pictures to all species pages within a year. Insertion of images will also increase the accuracy of efloraofindia database. Here are the Heros who have done wonderful work in this regard. 2016 has been declared as efi Year of insertion of images.
More than eleven thousand species' pages of seed plants (Alphabetically family wise- Seed plants etc.), ferns, fungi & others are available with details for those species which have already been discussed in efloraofindia e-group. Any species can be easily searched by adding in the 'Search this site' at top. Lot of species' pages have (?) after them indicating that in the efloraofindia (indiantreepix) links/ discussions, species need to be further looked into as it may or may not be the stated species due to lack of proper feedback in the threads. Correctness of data/ identification in the efloraofindia (indiantreepix) links/ discussions is dependent on the members' inputs & sometimes outside experts' inputs in that particular link. Therefore, errors/ mistakes cannot be ruled out- everyone is requested to point them out for corrections by sending a mail to our Moderators at email@example.com by non-members or to firstname.lastname@example.org by its members. Efloraofindia e-group members can also add comments about it after 'signing in' at the bottom of the page.
If anybody wants to add any contents to efloraofindia, pl. mail to email@example.com.
Original text contents of efloraofindia come 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). However, permission of the owner has to be taken for use of any other material available at this website or efloraofindia e-group.
Citations are to be given as below:
"Efloraofindia (2007 onwards). Database of Indian Plants - developed by the members of Efloraofindia Google group. Accessed at https://sites.google.com/site/efloraofindia/ on [25 July 2016 (replace with current date)]."
However, efloraofindia group or efloraofindia website will in no way be responsible for any misuse. Issue has to be sorted out by the owner directly with concerned person/ institution etc. If any of the efloraofindia group members, doesn't want his/ her posted pictures, materials, observations etc. to be incorporated on this website, he/ she may withdraw from the e-group immediately or refrain from sharing such copyrighted pictures, contents etc. with the group. Once any material is posted by a member, it can't be withdrawn/ deleted/ removed from the e-group or the site, even if the member leaves or is banned from the group, for what so ever reason.