Very often, we come across plants, flowers and fruits and are unable to identify them. Pl@ntnet is an image sharing and retrieval app which helps in identification of plants, flowers and fruits. It is developed by scientists from four French research organisations (Cirad, INRA, Inria and IRD), and the TelaBotanica network, with the financial support of Agropolis Foundation.
Once you install the app, choose an image—click with your camera or select an image from your Gallery. The selected image is, then, optically compared with the thousands of images stored in the database and up pops the nearest result—you get to identify the plant or flower in your picture. It does not work for ornamental plants and works better if the picture is focused on one organ. Pictures of tree leaves on uniform background yield the best results.
The number of plants and species covered keeps getting updated with contributions from users all over the world. If you find something unique, you can even contribute to the database. Those who want to contribute more interactively to this participatory science project can go to:
Enjoy your nature pics, know what you are seeing.