Prashant is an engineer by profession and developed watching
wild flowers as a hobby. He has been extensively trekking the sahyadri ranges.
He has become an active contributor to the site by frequently sending
us his beautifully photographed wild-flowers. He often hunts out very rare
Dinesh is an enthusiastic amatuer photographer and nature lover, and
works at ISL Internal Communications, IBM. He has been
going after the flora with an admirable determination. He regularly watches the
site and contributes new flower pictures and identifications. He is simply
amazing at hunting out regional names of flowers and putting them in native
scripts. A huge lot of vernacular names, in native scripts, have been provided by him. He has recently singlehandedly built a wonderful website on
Names of Plants in India.
Pravin is an
enthusiastic nature lover and a talented photographer. He has an NGO,
Nisargmitra Alibag, which works for nature conservation. He regularly sends
us pictures of wildflowers of the Western Ghats. His pictures
are beautifully taken, and already identified when they reach us.
Navendu Pagé (pronounced paagay) is student of botany in Bangalore. His skill
in his field can be guaged from the fact that he identified flowers lying
in our unidentified list, 15 at first go, 21 at second go and 6 at third go!
He made a trip to Sikkim and took a large number of
really nice photographs of Himalayan flowers, and contributed them here.
Siddarth is a passionate plant enthusiast, and a research scholar at the
National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore. He has been exploring the
flora of Western Ghats and has been contributing some
difficult to find flowers from the region.
J. M. Garg:
J.M. Garg is a passionate naturalist and wildlife photographer. He is the
creater of the Google group Efloraofindia which has become a haven for
plant lovers trying to identify their plants. J.M. Garg has become
an avid watcher of the FOI site. He also keeps sending pictures, corrections,
thus helping the site to carry state-of-the-art information.
R.K. Nimai Singh:
It was a stroke of luck for us that Dr. Nimai Singh discovered our site.
He is an Admistrative Services officer, but has a long-standing interest in
plants. He has introduced many new plants in Manipur. His knowledge of plants
is enviable and he has been generous in sharing it by identifying plants which
were especially difficult for us.
Krishan Lal is a PWD employee in Sirmaur distt. of Himachal Pradesh. He is
not a botanist by training, but has been photographing and identifying
wildflowers for more than 20 years. He has published many papers regarding new
addition to the flora of HP. He is actively contributing to
bringing the biodiversity of this region to the site. Sadly,
Krishan Lal breathed his last on 10th February 2016 because of a heart attack.
Dr. Gurcharan is one of the few botanists involved with the site. He is
prolific in his field and has done detailed study of the flora of Jammu
and Kashmir. He has just retired from Khalsa College in Delhi, and devotes his
full time capturing and identifying flora. He frequently sends us
flower pictures and identifications and corrections, which are done with
professional acumen. He is a boon to the site.
Dr. Pankaj Kumar, who is Conservation Officer at Kadoorie Farm and
Botanic Garden, Hong Kong, is our orchids expert. He has contributed
lots of pictures of orchids and other himalayan flowers. He has also identified
numerous orchid pictures on the site. He keeps a special watch on the
S.M. Kasim is a senior manager at Bank of Baroda in Chennai. He studied
BSc (Agriculture) at TNAU, Madurai Campus. He has been flowering-hunting
all alone and has been sending us lot of wildflowers from Tamil Nadu.
As of now, he is the only one contributing flower pictures photographed
from this important area of Western Ghats.
Anurag N. Sharma:
Anurag is a student of natural sciences at St. Joseph's College in Bangalore.
He has been exploring forests in Karnataka and Kerala and especially enjoys
finding and photographing minute herbs. He has been contributing interesting
flowers, from Karnataka and Kerala, and also from the Himalayas.
Sophia is a very keen flower enthusiast from Manipur. She has been taking pains
to photograph flowers from Manipur, and sending them to us despite lack of
good facilities. She has sent us lots of flowers specific to Manipur.
Ullysess started out as an interested observer, but has slowly grown into
an active participant. He has identified many flowers, contributed many flower
pictures, and has been part of our unorganised flower-hunting trips.
An overenthusiastic student, doing her Ph.D.
in physics. She helped us identify lots of flowers, and is a keen
flower-hunter too. She decided to become the self-styled PRO of the site
and has done wonders
in making the site known to flower lovers and botanists.