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 choose 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 identification.
The App is based off of the award winning website “Wildflowers of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area” (http://www.smmflowers.org). 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 "Plan Your Visit" then “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 device, so the content generally loads 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 is large and takes up about 500MB of the device’s storage. This is due to the large number of included photographs.
About a 500MB download.
This is BETA version 11. As BETA SOFTWARE bugs might be present (note: no bugs have been reported by users in the last two years).
Updates in 2019 have focused on bringing the app up to date:
. - Under the hood work to address issues that have surfaced for recent versions of Android.
. - Minor improvements to the appearance of the app for recent versions of Android.
. - Changes to the App's installation permissions (now only 'Storage' is required).
. - Add new option "Don't Exit On Last Back".
. - Add new option "Make Easier To Swipe".
. - Modest tweaks to the app's menu.
. - Flowers and photos unchanged since 2016, but updates to some of the text.