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Imagine walking down the street and noticing fantastic flowers blooming in someone’s garden. In fact, these queens – you think – would fit perfectly in your backyard. But what are they called? Your plant knowledge from 8th-grade biology isn’t enough…
Well, that’s the kind of situation a plant identifier was created for. The plant identifier app is an online alternative to manual plant id. Let’s learn a bit more about how to identify a plant both manually and with some help from digital technologies.
There are almost 400 000 identified plant species in the world. If you want to know what kind of plant is this shrub you stumbled upon in the forest, your first option is to ask a biologist. If you don’t have one at hand, you’ll have to master plant identification on your own.
Most likely, your plant belongs to one of these types:
Flowering plants. A lot of plant species flower to reproduce. Bright flowers catch the attention of pollinating insects and humans.
Foliage plants. These plants are loved for colorful leaves with unusual shapes. They’re great for decoration.
Vegetables and fruit. These are gardener’s babies. Having your own apple harvest — what can be more authentic?
Shrubs. Shrubs are perennial woody plants you see everywhere. Hedges are prime examples of how humans use these.
Trees. Shady trees protect us from the scorching sun and produce oxygen to breathe!
On the page above, you can move to different plant type identifiers and read all info on how to identify plants of a particular type.
Also, plant identification would allow you to learn whether your plant can be grown in a garden or indoors, along with other interesting facts about a plant, such as life cycle (annual or perennial) and even possible toxicity for people or pets. In fact, most indoor plants are perennials since people tend to have plants that ornament their homes for a long time. Finally, it’s important to identify the type of a plant to learn more intricate details for successful growing and caring.
As mentioned before, you can identify a plant by hand or using a plant identifier. Here’s how to do it manually:
Look at the plant attentively from all sides
Make a list of features you observe
Search through the plant identification book to find a species that has these features
Look for the picture on the Internet to confirm you’ve found the right plant
But which features should you pay attention to for a correct recognition?
There are dozens of features you have to learn to identify plants quickly and with no mistakes. The main ones are:
Leaf size and shape
Structure of leaf arrangement
Texture and color of bark and trunk
Looks of the flowers, berries, and cones
However, many small details are hard to notice and require specialized biological knowledge. That’s why PlantIn decided to make your life easy and developed a plant identification app.
What plant is this? Wonder no more. With PlantIn, you can identify a plant in a matter of seconds. Just take a photo of your plant, and our AI-powered scanner will recognize the species.
Here’s what you get when you use PlantIn:
Instant plant species recognition
Precise detection of plant diseases
Tons of plant care info written by botanists
Care reminders and personalized assistance 24/7.