Zilker Neighborhood Gardens

Commentary by a National Wildlife Steward who helps Zilker neighbors establish native plant gardens

Free Mobile App to Identify Plants: Leafsnap

Leafsnap: An Electronic Field Guide is a mobile application for your mobile technology (iPhone app; ipad and Android apps coming soon) that supports field-based identification of trees.

If you like this app, you can thank researchers at Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institute for developing this application. Right now, the app only has trees in the Northeast but will soon have all trees in the continental US (sorry Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico).

Leafsnap contains beautiful high-resolution images of leaves, flowers, fruit, petiole, seeds, and bark. Leafsnap currently includes the trees of New York City and Washington, D.C., and will soon grow to include the trees of the entire continental United States.

Their applications capitalize on visual recognition software for photographic identification of leaves. Seem easy? Well, there are a huge number of researchers and collaborators working on this project – and they are all listed here: http://leafsnap.com/about/

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One response to “Free Mobile App to Identify Plants: Leafsnap

  1. Joan Hughes May 11, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    The iphone app is pretty cool. While it couldn’t recognize the leaf I chose (since it is local), it sure gave me lots of options.
    There are also games built into the application to test your knowledge. Can’t wait for the database to be built-out to include all the trees in the U.S.

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