Oregon Wildflowers

Oregon Wildflowers

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The Oregon Flora Project at Oregon State University and High Country Apps have partnered to produce the new Oregon Wildflowers plant identification app for smart phones and tablets. The app provides photographs, range maps, bloom period, and detailed descriptions for more than 940 common wildflowers, shrubs, and vines that occur throughout Oregon and adjacent areas of California, Washington and Idaho.

Designed for both budding wildflower enthusiasts and experienced botanists, Oregon Wildflowers will appeal to individuals who are interested in the names and natural history of the plants they encounter. It is an excellent educational tool for all ages to learn about botany, plant communities, and ecology using the plants found throughout Oregon. Each of the 947 plants profiled has multiple photographs, distribution maps, and a detailed description. The majority of species included are native, and introduced species common to the region are also covered. Plant hunters can use the app to identify species in all ten of Oregon’s diverse ecoregions.

Users can browse through the stunning photographs of plants organized by common name, scientific name, or by family to select a plant and access the related information. However, most users will likely use the identification key that is the core of the app to identify an unknown plant of interest.

The key's interface allows users to select from twelve illustrated categories: geographic region, type of plant (e.g., wildflower, vine, shrub), flower features (flower color, number of petals, inflorescence shape, flowering month), leaf features (arrangement on plant, leaf type, leaf shape, leaf margin), plant size, and habitat.

Once downloaded, the app does not need an internet or network connection to run so you can use it no matter how remote your wanderings take you.

The Oregon Flora Project is preparing a comprehensive Flora of Oregon for publication in 2015. The Oregon Wildflowers app presents a subset of this information—over 20% of the state’s unique plants—formatted for mobile devices and easily mastered by a wide audience. Users will find extensive information on the ecoregions and plant habitats of Oregon, a glossary of botanical terms, and descriptions of each plant family represented in the app. The Oregon Flora Project website (www.oregonflora.org) contains additional information about all of Oregon’s 4,560 vascular plants.

A portion of revenues from the app supports conservation and botanical exploration in the region.

Recently changed in this version

Initial release of Oregon Wildflowers.
Corrected some petal color characteristics.
Corrected golden eye grass (Sisyrinchium californicum) name in list view.


Comments and ratings for Oregon Wildflowers
  • (80 stars)

    by david beach on 10/05/2014

    Works with very little effort...and just like my Birding App. Make a few choices of characteristics and it quickly narrows the possibles.

  • (80 stars)

    by Troy Maddux on 26/04/2014

    I typed in my location and a couple of plant characters like flower color and leaf shape and my search was narrowed from nearly a thousand plants to just a few. Scrolled through the few that were left and voila! I found my plant. The photos are stunning.

  • (80 stars)

    by Kevin Weitemier on 25/04/2014

    This app is great. I found it easy to use and a great way to identify the plants you're most likely to see while out hiking in Oregon!

  • (80 stars)

    by Daniel Mick on 24/04/2014

    Customizable decision-tree allows you to narrow possibilities even if you lack characteristics or are uncertain. Fantastic for beginning botanists like myself. Gorgeous macro photos with black backgrounds and multiple angles for easy differentiation of fe