The Flora Incognita app – more than a prototype
The “Flora Incognita” app developed as part of the project impressively shows how easy plant identification can be today. With the camera of your smartphone you take a picture of the flower, and if necessary also of the leaf, and in a matter of seconds you receive a suggestion for the name of the plant as well as further information. The app thus allows easy and safe plant identification for people of any age and any level of prior knowledge.
The Flora Incognita app was already released during the ongoing research project and has been publicly available on Google Play, the Apple AppStore and in the Huawai AppGallery since spring 2018. By the end of the project in 2019, the app had already been installed 2 million times. Not only laypeople use Flora Incognita, but also botanical experts rate the app extremely positively and recommend it. According to experts at the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), the Flora Incognita app has the potential to become the most widely used tool for identifying and mapping German flora. Schools, universities and other educational institutions are already successfully using Flora Incognita for teaching purposes.
In the research project “Flora Incognita ++”, many other questions are now being studied using the data from the Flora Incognita App: When do which species flower? How strongly do the characteristics of a plant species vary? What are the connections to climate change and the type of land use?
More information on the follow-up project can be found on the website:
Flora Incognita++ Citizens record plant diversity