Idaho Wildflowers

5.0
8 reviews
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About this app

The University of Idaho's Stillinger Herbarium, University of Washington Herbarium at the Burke Museum, and Idaho State University's Ray J. Davis Herbarium have partnered to produce Idaho Wildflowers, a plant identification app for smart phones and tablets. The app provides images, species descriptions, range maps, bloom period, and technical descriptions for more than 800 common wildflowers, shrubs, and vines found in Idaho and adjacent areas of Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Utah. The majority of species included are native, but introduced species common to the region are covered as well. The selection and use of this curated data, developed by botanists, provides users with the most accurate information available that will in turn allow them to readily identify the plants they see statewide. The app does not need an Internet connection to run, so you can use it no matter how remote your wanderings take you.

Though primarily designed for amateur enthusiasts, the breadth of content in IDAHO WILDFLOWERS also makes it appealing to more experienced botanists. Users can browse the species list by common or scientific name (and even by family!) to locate a plant and access the related information. However, most users will want to rely on the easy-to-use search key to accurately identify plants of interest.

The key's interface is broken down into ten simple categories: growth habit (e.g., wildflower, shrub, vine), flower color, month of year, geographic region, habitat, flower type, leaf arrangement, leaf type, duration (annual, biennial, perennial), and origin (native or introduced). Select choices in as many or as few categories as you wish. As you do so, the number of species found is displayed at the top of the page. Once done selecting, the click of a button returns a list of thumbnail images and names for potential matches. Users scroll among the species on the list and tap a thumbnail image to access additional photos, descriptions, and range maps.

IDAHO WILDFLOWERS includes supporting documents with extensive information on the ecoregions of Idaho, descriptions of habitats found across the state, wildflower destinations with best time to visit, insights into how the climate influences the plant communities found here, as well as detailed instructions on how to use the app. Users will also find an extensive glossary of botanical terms, along with labeled diagrams of leaves, flowers, and inflorescences. Finally, detailed descriptions can be found for each family contained in IDAHO WILDFLOWERS. Tapping on a family name brings up a list of images and names for all species in the app belonging to that family.

Idaho and its adjacent areas are home to diverse landscapes containing a wealth of wildflowers, shrubs, and vines. IDAHO WILDFLOWERS will appeal to individuals of all ages who travel to such areas and are interested in knowing the names and natural history of the plants that they encounter. IDAHO WILDFLOWERS is also a great educational tool for learning more about plant communities, botanical terms, and how to identify plants in general. A portion of revenues from the app supports conservation and botanical exploration in the region.
Updated on
Apr 1, 2022

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5.0
8 reviews
A Google user
April 25, 2017
This app is great. I use it for my job all the time so I love that I don't need to be connected to the internet for it to work. I've been recommending it to a lot of people who do veg work. The only thing I wish the developers would add is the USDA Plants codes. I know those don't mean much to the average user but I'd be pretty excited if those were added in a future update.
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A Google user
February 2, 2015
You'll love this app. Great search key and photos!
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MWX
July 9, 2020
Wonderful!
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What's new

Updated for Android 11.