Wiki Loves Wildflowers

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Wiki Loves Wildflowers is a project by Punjabi Wikimedians that focuses on documenting wild flowers of the Punjab region and integrating this information with Wikimedia projects such as Wikimedia Commons, Wikipedia and Wikidata. Photographs of the flowers found in wild will be taken and uploaded. Additional information such as a brief description will also be added.

The project was launched on 22 May 2019 which is International Day for Biological Diversity.





We will document the wildflower species in a holistic sense and create complete profile of the species by adding photographs from different views (such as dorsal view) and different parts of the species (such as buds, fruit, flower etc.). We will also be primarily focusing on documenting species without any images, having less than 20 images or without any quality images on Commons.

This existing category and sub-categories on Commons will be seen as model: Category:Cichorium intybus.

I Phase


Species without images

  1. Capparis_decidua
  2. Zaleya pentandra
  3. Carthamus oxyacantha
  4. Convolvulus prostratus
  5. Dicliptera roxburghiana
  6. Farsetia hamiltonii
  7. Fumaria indica
  8. Gastrocotyle hispida
  9. Garden cress - Images available but not categorized properly
  10. Mukia madaraspetanus
  11. Tamarix articulate
  12. Verbesina elsenioides
  13. Zaleya pentandra

Species with less than 20 images


Species without quality images

  1. Berberis_aristata
  2. Calotropis_procera
  3. Senna_occidentalis
  4. Centaurium_pulchellum
  5. Arivela_viscosa
  6. Clerodendrum_phlomidis
  7. Cocculus_hirsutus
  8. Colebrookea_oppositifolia
  9. Lepidium_didymum
  10. Crotalaria_burhia
  11. Colebrookea oppositifolia

Complete List of Plants (123)

  1. Abutilon indicum
  2. Acasia modesta
  3. Albizia lebbek
  4. Albizia procera
  5. Alternanthera philoxeroides
  6. Anagallis arvensis
  7. Anisomeles indica
  8. Argemone ochroleuca
  9. Argemone maxicana
  10. Arjuna terminalia
  11. Arnebia hispidissima
  12. Artemisia scoparia
  13. Asphodelus tenuifolius
  14. Azadirachta indica
  15. Azadirachta melia
  16. Berberis aristata
  17. Bidens pilosa
  18. Boerhauvia chinensis
  19. Calotropis procera
  20. Capparis Deciduas
  21. Carthamus oxycantha
  22. Cassia fistula
  23. Cassia occidentalis
  24. Celosia argentea
  25. Centaurium pulchellum
  26. Cichorium intybus
  27. Cirsium arvense
  28. Cleome viscosa
  29. Clerodendrum phlomidis
  30. Cocculus hirsutus
  31. Colebrookea oppositifolia
  32. Convolvulus arvensis
  33. Convolvulus prostratus
  34. Coronopus didymus
  35. Crotalaria burhia
  36. Cucumis melo
  37. Cucumis pubescens
  38. Delonix regia
  39. Dicliptera roxburghiana
  40. Dillenia indica
  41. Echinops echinatus
  42. Ehretia laevis
  43. Eichhornia crassipes
  44. Emex australis
  45. Ephedra foliata
  46. Equisetum ramosissimum
  47. Euphorbia serpens
  48. Fagonia indica
  49. Farsetia hamiltonii
  50. Ficus glomerata
  51. Fumaria indica
  52. Gastrocotyle hispida
  53. Grewia tenax
  54. Heliotropium curassavicum
  55. Heliotropium strigosum or {{w:Euploca strigosa}}
  56. Indigofera linnaei
  57. Ipomoea triloba
  58. Jacaranda mimosifolia
  59. Justicia adhatoda
  60. Lemna
  61. Lepidium sativum
  62. Lycium

  1. Mallotus philippensis
  2. Malva neglecta
  3. Malva parviflora
  4. Mazus pumilus
  5. Melaleuca leucadendra
  6. Melia azedarach
  7. Melilotus alba
  8. Melilotus indicus
  9. Merremia hederacea
  10. Mimusops elengi
  11. Moringa oleifera
  12. Mukia madaraspetanus
  13. Nasturtium officinale
  14. Nerium oleander
  15. Oenothera laciniata
  16. Opuntia
  17. Oxalis latifolia
  18. Pedalium murex
  19. Peganum harmala
  20. Pentatropis nivalis
  21. Pergularia daemia
  22. Peristrophe bicalyculata
  23. Phyla nodiflora
  24. Phyllanthus fraternus
  25. Phyllanthus urinaria
  26. Physalis angulata
  27. Pithecellobium dulce
  28. Polygonum odoratum
  29. Polygonum plebeium
  30. Portulaca oleracea
  31. Pouzolzia pentandra
  32. Prosopis cineraria
  33. Ranunculus sceleratus
  34. Rhynchosia aurea
  35. Ricinus communis
  36. Salvadora oleoides
  37. Salvadora persica
  38. Senegalia catechu
  39. Senna sophera
  40. Sida cordifolia
  41. Silybum Marianum
  42. Solanum erianthum
  43. Solanum nigrum
  44. Solanum villosum
  45. Sonchus oleraceus
  46. Spergula arvensis
  47. Stellaria media
  48. Tamarindus indica
  49. Tamarix articulate
  50. Tecomella undulataImage
  51. Tectona grandis
  52. Tephrosia purpurea
  53. Tribulus territris
  54. Trichodesma indicum
  55. Urena lobata
  56. Verbascum thapsus
  57. Verbesina elsenioides
  58. Vernonia cinerea
  59. Vicia sativa
  60. Woodfordia fruticosa
  61. Zaleya pentandra

Images uploaded under Phase 0


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Report and Analysis


Wiki Loves Wildlife was an incidental project. Varinder Sharma, a school teacher came in contact with Punjabi Wikimedians. He is of course a school science teacher by profession but he had an amazing knowledge of botany as well as photography. Due to this association, the idea came into existence that why not to document those flowers and flora in Punjab and its adjoining areas which are rare or endangered species. Varinder wanted to do this kind of work earlier too, but due to lack of lenses and necessary equipment and financial help, he is unable to do so. With the help of Punjabi Wikimedians, these gaps were filled and this plan could be carried out through systematic planning.

The project first sought financial assistance from CIS-A2K under a grant to cover the cost of purchasing a macro lens and traveling to various locations to photograph wild flowers. Four field visits were conducted under the plan. Four field visits done under this project:

  • Morni Hills, Haryana
  • Andhrata, Himachal Pradesh
  • Chakrata, Uttarakhand
  • Hoshiarpur, Punjab


  • Through this project, the attention of the Punjabi community went towards those species which were close to us and their documentation was necessary but we were not paying attention to them.
  • Many wild flowers with which the Punjabi people were very familiar (by appearance) but did not know their names. These flowers are often found on the banks of canals/rivers or on common needles or drains in villages.
  • Many seasonal flowers that were around us but we didn't know their names nor any other information about them. This information was obtained through Varinder Sharma.
  • Among these species, there are many flowers which are gradually disappearing or have become extinct from Punjab due to various reasons. These names have been retained due to this documentation process.
  • Many of these flowers are also used in medicine or in Ayurveda.
  • Before this, the efforts of the Punjabi community were more on editing Punjabi Wikipedia and Punjabi Wikisource or the projects that were being drawn up, their focus was also on these two projects. This project was purely a Wikimedia Commons project and it gave the Punjabi community new inspiration and guidance for the future.
  • There were also some flowers in Punjab which bloom only for a certain time. After time their appearance or existence is not the same. Therefore, we will try from now on to make field visits according to the correct information about the growth and maturity of the flowers.

We also tried to do an offline project through which the entire community would have been informed about the successes and failures of this project, but that could not happen, but soon we will try to do that too.



All photos can be traced at this category.

Milk Thistle
Kashni flower
Androsace sarmentosa
Erigeron flowers