The two of us started out as just laypersons, interested in flowers. So, identifying every flower we saw, was a daunting task. And seeing flowers in all parts of India was a more difficult one. Over time, Flowers of India has grown into a community effort, with lots of people contributing in various ways. We can safely quote Urdu poet Sahir Ludhianvi to describe the Flowers of India effort:
The Flowers of India site has now grown considerably since its birth in 2005, and so has the number of people associated with the site. Now the Flowers of India community is indeed a caravan of flower-crazy people. It involves many independent footloose flower-hunters, who travel to various parts of the country and capture the local flora in their cameras, which eventually gets added to the site. These flower-hunters come from various walks of life. They are enthusiastic trekkers who dare to go where few have ventured before. They are family-walas who turn their hill-station vacation into flower-hunting trips. They are houswives who get their taxis stopped in middle of nowhere because they spotted a flower on the roadside. They are students whose thirst for new things and adventure is never-quenching.
There are lots of people who regularly watch the site for unidentified flowers and keep sending their feedback. Their contribution is enormous, since identifying every wildflower that we come across is certainly no easy job.Listed below are the major contributors to the site:
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 flowers.
R.K. Nimai Singh:
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 orchids section.
Aarti is a home-maker who has been contributing pictures of garden flowers and trees to the site since 2007. She is a self indulgent flower enthusiast and scans the nurseries and gardens of the cities she visits. She has been based in Oman for a long time, and makes use of her frequent visits to India to photograph garden flowers.
Sivaprasad is a nature photographer, based in Coimbatore, and has a long track record of photographing plants, birds, amphibians, moths etc., and has contributed to publishing of numerous books, booklets and brochures on these subjects. He has been photographing flowers for more than three decades. He started contributing to FOI only in January 2017, and became a major contributor within just seven months.
S. 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:
Some of the others who have been contributing in various ways, are: