Pl@ntNet is a new app that was developed by scientists from four French research organizations – Cirad, INRA, Inria and IRD – and the Tela Botanica network. The free app helps identify plant species from photographs through the help of visual recognition software. The app uses species that are well enough identified in their reference database to be easily recognized.
The database used by Pl@ntNet also evolves with the more users it has. For example, campers, hikers and hunters can upload their own pictures of plants that were not identified by the app. After the image is uploaded, the user can manually identify the plant to improve the experience for others. This open source method of plant identification could help to one day discover entirely new species of plants.
Watch the video below that shows how the app works.