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It took a literal trip around a figurative world but we did it. During a recent trip to Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival in Orlando, we decided to give the new PlantSnap app a try to go hunting for exotic plants and flowers to see if we could find an example that wasn’t included in its ever-expanding database.
PlantSnap allows you to identify plants and flowers by taking a picture with the camera on your phone. This new app is powered by deep learning and artificial intelligence and is perfect for either amateur or skilled botany enthusiast to give you instantaneous results from its library of over 71,000 plants and flowers anywhere in the world.
After spotting a tree, plant or flower that you’d like to identify, you use the app’s camera to frame the most unique features of it, such as the leaves or individual flowers, and take a picture. For the best, most accurate results, the same basic principles of plant photography that create a good picture also apply to getting a proper ID. Make sure that the entire leave, flower or other distinctive attributes are completely within the camera’s frame and that they are in focus. Don’t try and get too artsy with super macro shots or fades.
The ad-free app, which does not require a wi-fi connection and can use your data connection on your phone so that you can take it just about anywhere, does the rest. Along with an ID, the app will give you a detailed explanation of the plant. You can save your best shots to make your own photo collection to view whenever you’d like. Building up your own catalog makes for a fun activity for kids and amateur outdoors people.
At the same time, it also is great for experienced hikers and outdoors enthusiasts who just want to satisfy their curiosity when they come across something that they may not be familiar with.
As we walked around the world’s of Epcot, many of which featured the native plants and flowers from each country that was represented, we tried out the app on some of the unique and beautiful plants that had us stumped.
The app worked great and was able to identify everything we threw at it from the conifer trees in Norway to the birds of paradise in Mexico. The only thing we couldn’t find was a strange, white flower in a garden in Japan.
But that is what makes this app so cool and fun. We learned a lot of things about a lot of plants that we might not have paid much more than a glance to as we walked past them. I can’t wait to try this out with some of our more native plants the next time we are adventuring in places “a little closer to home.”
Are you into plants and outdoorsy activities like we are? Do you have a favorite plant?
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