Efloraofindia website updated upto 31st Oct.’17- more than 12,000 species : 1 post by 1 author.

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 2,81,000 messages so far &
membership currently around 2905 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 <
itpmods@googlegroups.com>. 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. 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 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. Here are the Heros who have done wonderful work in this regard. 2016 was declared as efi Year of insertion of images and more than 50,000 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 required.

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 depending
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.


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