Learn about trees? There’s an app for that!

By Michele Scott
July 5th, 2011

Update (07/11):The Leafsnap app actually hasn’t come out for AndroidTM yet! We regret the error. You can read more in their FAQs.

If you read the blog regularly, you know I love trees. Well, the Smithsonian Institution, Columbia University, and the University of Maryland recently announced a new mobile app to be released this summer that will identify a plant based on a leaf’s silhouette. It’s called Leafsnap, and it will work with your iPhone, iPad, or AndroidTM devices.

To use it, you just place a tree leaf on a white piece of paper, and take a photo—the app will tell you the type of tree nearby! Even though Leafsnap’s catalog largely consists of trees native to the northeast U.S., developers already have plans to expand it to include trees from around the country. Also, it will use photos that users upload, and share them and their location with others—including the scientific community, who can use the information to study the growth and decline of different species!

Watch the video to find out more:

For those of you heading into summer with plans to camp, hike, or explore nearby parks, you may want to check out this new app. If you do try it, share your reviews of it with us!


whatheheckon November 17, 2011 at 11:19 am:

I’m concerned that there isn’t a better way to do this. The first thing my daughter’s fifth grade class is told when on a botanic field trip, is to be respectful of nature and do not disturb or remove anything, insects, stones, etc. etc

Now imagine, hundreds, then thousands, then millions of people going around snappng leaves off trees?

doesn’t make sense …

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