(Including a record of plants from Afghanistan, Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Pakistan)
India is botanically rich. The flora manifests itself in thousands of species that inhabit a multitude of habitats and ecological niches. The country exhibits almost a full spectrum of climatic regions ranging from tropical through subtropical, warm, and cool to temperate, with corresponding changes in the flora. As might be expected in a country possessing several mountain ranges and characteristic rainfall patterns in the world, the effect of these factors on temperature, and consequently on the vegetation, is probably better illustrated in the subcontinent than in almost any other part of the globe. The various forest types are the result of integrated effect of ecological factors, namely climate, topography, soil, and past history of treatment involving biotic disturbances.
Although India has made major strides in documenting its floristic diversity, the information cannot be accessed online in a single source. An attempt has been made to overcome this deficiency in the ‘India Flora Online’ database. The database is the only initiative of its kind presenting the flora of India that is backed by both herbarium collection and field data.
Further to launching the Digital flora of Karnataka, Digital flora of Eastern Ghats and the Flora of Peninsular India databases, the Herbarium JCB team has embarked on a broad regional study towards developing an online information system for the plant wealth in the country. The plants of neighbouring countries have been included for the sake of floristic completeness.