The National Park Service invites you to take along a virtual botanist the next time you visit the Santa Monica Mountains. With over 1000 plants and 7500 photos, this App offers both novice and advanced wildflower enthusiasts the opportunity to identify common and rare plants while exploring remote areas of the Santa Monica Mountains.
Visitors can chose several basic flower characteristics on the App’s interface like color, size and shape. Based on those characteristics, the App presents several possible photographs to compare to the actual flower. Flowers that are more difficult to identify often come with several photographs so that visitors can confidently make an accurate identification.
The App is based off of the award winning website “Wildflowers of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.” An easy way to experience the content of the App before deciding to download is to visit the online version at the Park’s website: www.nps.gov/samo. Follow “Things To Do” then “Look For Wildflowers.” There you will find a link called “Mobile Web Version - Smart Phones” that leads to the version of the WildFlower website that closely resembles the content of the App. A direct link to the mobile version is also available on the App’s website. Or, here is the address: http://www.smmflowers.org/mobile
The App resides entirely on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, so the content generally loads much more quickly than even the highest speed connection allows. An important benefit of this is that if you are out in remote places without a cell signal, you can still access all of the App’s content. One consideration when downloading the App is that it takes up about 500MB (0.5GB) of the device’s internal storage due to the high number and resolution of the flower photographs.
Essentially the same App as the iPhone App of the same name.
Built on the content from the web site
"Wildflowers of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area"
About a 500MB download.
This is BETA version 1.0 BETA 8. As BETA SOFTWARE major bugs might be present. Crashes are possible.
Because of the large size of the app it may take your device several minutes to completely install once the download has finished. Unfortunately, Android is not always consistent in letting you know the installation has not finished. In this case you are likely to see a message when the app is run that the App's Pictures can't be found. If so you may want to try rebooting your device at this point.