WELCOME TO FLORA ID.
SINCE JANUARY, 2017, THIS NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION IS NOW HANDLING THE
PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION OF THE PLANT KEYS PREVIOUSLY PRODUCED
BY FLORA ID NORTHWEST FROM 1994 THROUGH 2016.
OUR HISTORY AND MISSION
Flora ID is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to a broad range of interests surrounding the realm of plants, the sharing of information and understanding, and the critical importance plants have in our lives. The mission of Flora ID is to encourage, promote, and facilitate botanical education, plant identification, research, and awareness. We encourage diversity on our volunteer board, and in our process of providing grants to further our mission.
In 2016, the opportunity arose for several people with like interests to collaborate in creating a nonprofit organization to focus on botanical awareness, education, research, plant identification tools and plant surveys. This organization came into being in January, 2017. The rights to develop and produce the keys created by Flora ID Northwest have been given to the nonprofit organization, which ensures the previous work of Flora ID NORTHWEST will continue as a part of the overall purpose of the new nonprofit. The plant identification keys are built on over 25 years of experience creating interactive plant identification software.
Flora ID Northwest ended 22 years of creating comprehensive plant identification programs. It was a small private operation conducted mainly by one person but with lots of encouragement, and assistance from several others. The effort was run as a small business in order to charge for the software to cover the cost of the out-of-pocket expenses. During those years the program matured, with gradual improvements, expansion of territory covered, steady sales, and a growing reputation for sophisticated plant identification tools.
A major interest of Flora ID is botanical education, including tools and programs to enable, support, and encourage botanical education in elementary and secondary schools. This ties in with a commitment to provide the best possible plant identification software. Simplified keys for use by younger students will hopefully be a new addition to the plant software.
Summary of Products
Flora ID has three types of plant identification software. We cover all of 18 western and central states, and the 4 SW Canadian provinces.
1. Wildflower Android apps
Our “Wildflower Android apps are for those interested solely or mainly in flowering plants. The Wildflower apps have 85 to 96% of the vascular plants known to grow wild in each state, province or larger regions we cover. Those plants not included in the wildflower apps are those judged to be rarely seen or likely absent, and not particularly of botanical interest.
2. Comprehensive pro apps for Android devices.
All the comprehensive (pro) apps have 99+% of the vascular plants known to grow wild for each state, providence or larger regions we cover. All of our Windows and Android software have the same functionality, though they differ in presentation.
3. PC Windows Versions are all comprehensive, with 99+% of the vascular plants known to grow wild for each and larger region we cover.