Plantnet: The App Every Forager Should Have
If your family is like mine, then you enjoy going for a hike. One of my favorite things while out is looking for wild edibles. I can identify some plants, but I’m no expert. This makes my wife nervous since she doesn’t always believe me when I say, “I know what I’m putting in my mouth.” That’s where Plantnet comes in.
How Does It Work?
Plantnet uses the camera on your smartphone to take a picture of the plant you want to identify. Then it searches its database to find the closes match. Once the plant has been identified, you will have access to different pictures, a direct link to the Wikipedia page and a list of other familiar names.
I know what you’re thinking. What if I’m deep in the UP driving up the backside of Mount Arvon and I need to know if the leaf I used as toilet paper was poison ivy or something else. Well even if you don’t have signal, Plantnet will save the picture for you to look up later when it is available.
The app is split up into eight categories. Five of which are continents with sub-sections.
- Europe and West Europe
- America with, Canada, USA, Central America, Caribs, Amazonia, Tropical Andes, Martinique
- Africa includes North Africa, Tropical Africa, Reunion, Mauritius Island, Comoro Islands
- Asia and Eastern Mediterranean
- The islands of Oceania-Pacific, New Caledonia, Hawaii, and French Polynesia
That means no matter where your adventure might take you, Plantnet will be with you.