Digital Herbarium of Angiospermic Plants of Western Ghats of Maharashtra is a University Grant Commission, New Delhi, funded project [UGC Reference No. F. 42-943/2013 (SR)]. This project covers prominent tree species and shrubs from 10 districts, located in Western Ghat regions of Maharashtra, viz., Pune, Ahmdenagar, Satara, Sangali, Kolhapur, Ratnagiri, Thane, Sindhudurg, Raigad and Nasik. A list of about 1000 species was made, of which 650 plants were documented and the data on 350 plants is currently available on the website. The compilation of data on remaining 300 species is in progress. Plants are photographically documented with respect to habit, stem, upper and lower surface of leaf, inflorescence, close-up of flower and fruit. A brief description of each species is also included. This database covers wild as well as cultivated plants. For identification and description of plant species regional floras published by Botanical Survey of India (BSI) were used. Primary objective of this project is to capture and store high quality digital images of plant species and make this database available to students, researchers and general public to disseminate the awareness of regional plants.
We are thankful to the University Grant Commission, New Delhi, for providing financial assistance worth Rs. 9,86,750/- for this project.