An app that recognizes plants


A visit to any botanical garden is always such a delight: You can coo at all the stunning plants on display, openly feel jealous at their perfect condition and picturesque landscaping, and sneakily read the signs when you don’t know what you’re looking at. But what about when you’re in the great outdoors? Where are those obliging signs then?

Well thanks to PlantNet, they’re now in the palm of your hand. This nifty free app is a library of photos and information that has been uploaded by a large social network, and thanks to its in-built visualization software, it recognizes a whole plethora of plant species, enabling you snap a pic of the leaf, flower, fruit or bark of what you see and ‘read the sign’ to find out what you’re looking at.

Text Julia Gorodecky Photography Lina Trochez/