This site makes an attempt to gather and share common names of the plants found in India. The common names are just as important as the scientific names. Strangely -- 1) some of the names are not common at all, and we may find them not known to us -- 2) some of the common plants have no name at all !!

Building of this site is going to be a slow perennial process. Present activity is populating the names of native plants.

The main focus of this site is validating the names that are put here, therefore the readers of this site are earnestly requested to point out errors in the common names listed for the species. The regional names put in native script require stricter attention in terms of incorrect spelling.

Readers are also requested to provide any names that are not found listed for the species.

Comments which help know the derivation of the common names are more than welcome.

As such this site is not botanically inclined; comment(s) earnestly sought from readers with scientific background for maintaining the accuracy of species' accepted name and the synonym(s) listed.

Creating this site is result of my inspiration derived from two of my mentors: Tabish Qureshi a physicist by profession with a doctorate, associate professor at the Centre for Theoretical Physics, JMI, New Delhi. Studying the wildflowers of India is only one of his various interests. His work at Flowers of India triggered passion and liking towards the floral beauty of nature around me. Michel H. Porcher, a non-conformist, pseudo-academic, multilingual lexicographer, compiler of the M.M.P.N.D. His efforts towards compiling names of plants is mind boggling, and would stand unmatched forever.

There are host of personalities who are actively associated with flora of India, some of whom I am not yet aware of; would like to mention one name: J M Garg. He is the owner of a Google Group called efloraofindia. His passion for maintaining the group (and closely related Google Site with the same name - efloraofindia) is tremendous. Me too a member of this group - and I find many friends there, who are contributing their knowledge fantastically.

Many thanks to (a long list of internet resources that would continuously evolve) and to you for visiting this page.
-- Dinesh Valke

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