June 14, 2011

LeafSnap App Makes Tree Identification Easy

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If you have an Apple iPad 2 or iPhone, tree identification just got a lot easier. Developed by the University of Maryland, the Smithsonian Institution, and Columbia University, LeafSnap is quite handy if you are like me and are always trying to learn more about the plants that surround you. The Huffington Post reports:

Scientists have developed the first mobile app to identify plants by simply photographing a leaf. The free iPhone and iPad app, called Leafsnap, instantly searches a growing library of leaf images amassed by the Smithsonian Institution. In seconds, it returns a likely species name, high-resolution photographs and information on the tree's flowers, fruit, seeds and bark.

Users make the final identification and share their findings with the app's growing database to help map the population of trees one mobile phone at a time.


This app is an incredible resource that will continue to expand its database to all of North America!

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Posted by Jennifer Lance at June 14, 2011 3:47 AM

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