Smartphone plant identification app!

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Bee2beeNZ

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As a hobby beekeeper with very limited knowlege of various plants benificial for bees, has any bodyfound found a good FREE app for smartphones that I can download and identify New Zealand plants, trees and flowers?
 
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My mate has one, which he has used to ID plants for me...it is called 'Plant ID' apparently! I don't know any more about it, I haven't bothered getting it, as it is easier to get him to do it for me!
 

yesbut

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3 seconds Googling "NZ Plant ID App" turned up this one...looks good to me....

Edit: Maybe not. It doesn't have pictures, it relies on a series of keys....There are lots of tree/plant ID field guides around that don't take up much room on the dash...
 

Dave Black

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PlantSnap is okay, but they all suck at NZ plants. However, honeybees don't always use NZ plants. NZtrees is useful though, with a more traditional 'key' based approach rather than camera-based. Your other option is to use iNaturalist which is an expert and widely-used community, but that's a bit like posting pics here, to a considerably less expert community. :)
 

Grant

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I used PlantSnap a few times, but it never seemed to get things quite right. I'd take a picture of a plant, it would identify it, then I'd cross-check against google and it often wouldn't be quite right.

Tried this a few times in the garden centre at Bunnings - walk around, snap pics of plants, get the app to ID them, then cross-check against the label. About half the time it would get the right genus but not the right species. Still far from perfect at this point.
 


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