Oregon wildflower identification at your fingertips (2015)


We spotted this flower durina a recent hike to the paddlers camp at Luckiamute Landing State Natural Area. Using the search by characteristics feature in the Oregon Wildflower app, we decided it's a small flowered fringecup.

We spotted this flower during a recent hike to the paddlers camp at Luckiamute Landing State Natural Area. Using the search by characteristics feature in the Oregon Wildflower app, we decided it’s a small flowered fringecup.

Do you know the difference between a purple-eyed grasswidow and a clasping Venus’ looking glass? I download the Oregon Wildflowers app to find images, descriptions and range maps for these two beauties, as well as for nearly 1,000 additional wildflowers, shrubs and vines common in Oregon.

Available for download on iOS and Android devices, it works without an Internet connection once downloaded. The majority of species featured are native to the region, with some introduced species that have become established. You can find plants by browsing a list organized by common name, scientific name, scientific family name or common family name—you choose. The list also includes high-resolution photographs of each plant.

The shapes and colors of wildflowers have always intrigued me, so the Search by Characteristics feature is my favorite way to identify a plant. Watch this short video for a quick look at searching by characteristics.

bluebell

We also found this wildflower at Luckiamute Landing State Natural Area. We think it’s a western bluebell, but it could be a northern bluebell. The leaf placement is the main difference between the two.

The app is available at Amazon, Apple and Google app stores for $7.99 and is compatible with all Android devices, Kindle Fire, iPhones and iPads.  The Oregon Flora Project at Oregon State University and High Country Apps developed the app, and a portion of revenues supports conservation and botanical exploration in the region.

 

If you don’t have time to identify the plant on the trail, take a photo with your phone. Other than needing to switch views between the photo and the app, it’s a simple way to identify the plant later.

Posted on May 8, 2015, in state parks, wildflowers and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Excellent, excellent, and, BTW, EXCELLENT!!!! This will make for a more enjoyable visit to OR. Other states should follow OR and develop this type of app. As someone who has worked with native plants for over 35 years, I am certain that this will help people enjoy their natural resources even more.

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