OSU app brings wildflower identification to your fingertips
You can do mostly anything from your smartphone these days, and now you can do something else. Botanists at Oregon State University have designed a new mobile app that can be use to identify wildflowers from all over the Pacific Northwest. The app, available on iPhones and Androids, has pictures and other multimedia along with information on about 1,000 different kinds of wildflowers, shrubs and vines that are commonly found in Oregon and adjacent areas. Once the app is downloaded, it can even be used without Internet connection. Users can use illustrations of geographic region, flower features (color, number of petals), leaf features (type and shape), plant size, and habitat to help identify unknown plants.