Flora ID Apps
At this point Flora ID has two types of plant identification software; one for Windows, and the other being apps for Android devices. There are two types of apps for Android devices: “wildflower” apps, and as of 3/4/17 – comprehensive apps. Both are available on the Google Play store; the wildflower apps are on the Amazon store, where the comprehensive apps will be added later. The features listed here apply to both types of apps.
- Select plant characteristics that match the plant to be identified
- Select any characteristic in any order, from over 50 lists
- Characteristics defined, with detailed scientific illustrations
- With each choice the list of possible plants shrinks, getting to one species with about 3 to 6 characteristics.
- The app suggests lists based on ease of use, effectiveness, and remaining species
- Confirm identifications by comparing with photos or descriptions
- Plant book references with page numbers provided for each species
- Access provided to all data for each species
- Alphabetize the species list by either common or scientific name, or search by entering a name or string of letters
- No need for wifi, power, nor cell towers – it’s all in the app
- Built on 22 years of experience creating interactive plant identification software
- Documentation and help available within the app
The wildflower apps, initially created by Flora ID Northwest in 2014, are the most comprehensive wildflower apps anywhere, and go way beyond the usual field manual. They include 85 to 96 % of all the known non-grasslike flowering plants, both native and introduced, that grow wild in each state or region for which they are produced. This means annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees. 29 apps, each for a different geographic region, are available on the Google Play store and the Amazon store, covering most of Western and Central United States and SW Canada. Most android devices can download from either store.
The apps are perfect for farmers, nature lovers, conservationists, hikers, botanists, students, teachers, wildflower enthusiasts, gardeners, nursery owners, or anyone curious about the natural world. All photos are in the app, with no need for an outside connection.
The following wildflower apps have been available :
Okanogan Co (WA) Wildflowers
2250 Washington Wildflowers
2900 Oregon Wildflowers
2950 N. California Wildflowers
3050 C. California Wildflowers
2800 S. California Wildflowers
2800 Arizona Wildflowers
2600 New Mexico Wildflowers
2350 Nevada Wildflowers
2450 Utah Wildflowers
2250 Colorado Wildflowers
2100 Idaho Wildflowers
1950 Montana Wildflowers
1850 Wyoming Wildflowers
1500 Four Corners Wildflowers (NEW Feb 5, 2015)
1300 Dakota Wildflowers
1400 Nebraska Wildflowers
1450 Kansas Wildflowers
1350 Minnesota Wildflowers
1350 Iowa Wildflowers
1550 Wisconsin Wildflowers
1900 BC Canada Wildflowers
1250 Alberta Wildflowers
1050 Saskatchewan Wildflowers
1100 Manitoba Wildflowers
2350 SW Canada Wildflowers
The new ‘comprehensive’ apps were just released in early March, 2017, and provide the ability to identify plants on-site growing wild in each state/province/region for which we produce them, knowing that all vascular plants in that region are included. This includes all flowering plants, spore-bearing plants, and conifers, whether native or naturalized – basically, the entire vascular flora. These apps include all the plants that are in our interactive PC software programs, and all the functionality of those as well. The apps are intended to meet the requirements of professional botanists, yet easily used by people just newly learning about plants.
The comprehensive apps are simply named, Montana Plants, Wisconsin Plants, Utah Plants, etc., and include all the states and provinces listed for the wildflowers listed above.