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.
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.