How any times have you been out and about and a flowering plant has caught your eye, but you didn’t know off the top of your head what species it was? Whether you’re green-fingered or not, identifying plants and flowers can be tricky.
The good news is that there’s now an app that can help you identify plants and flowers quickly. It’s called PlantNet, and it’s kind of like Shazam for plants.
Available for both Android phones and iPhones, PlantNet can currently help users identify around 4,100 different plant species, which may not sound like a lot when you consider there are over 400,000 species worldwide, but it is a constantly-evolving venture.
PlantNet has been developed by four separate French research organisations and utilises information from a host of social networks to expand its database of pictures and plant information.
It works by using visualisation software to compare images captured on mobile devices to the ones in its database. As well as helping to identify plants, PlantNet can also warn about species that can be dangerous in the wild.
In the same way Pokemon Go got kids out exploring in search of Pokemon, PlantNet is also hoping to encourage people to get outdoors and learn more about the nature that surrounds us.
The PlantNet database will grow as more and more people get involved, so why not give it a try for yourself today.
Head over to the official PlantNet website now and get the app downloaded. It could prove to be really useful the next time you’re wandering around Sydney and spot a beautiful plant that you want to try and grow at home. You can also impress your friends with your newfound horticultural knowledge.