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Flora of the British Isles

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This e-flora of the British Isles is part of a series of mobile systems for identifying species in nature. They were developed as part of the EC KeyToNature project aiming to provide easy access to flora and fauna information. In addition to this e-guide, others covering plants, birds, butterflies, fish and mammals are available or in preparation.

This e-flora holds information on 3525 (sub)species and includes over 8500 unique colour slides. It is the mobile version of the DVD-ROM ‘Interactive Flora of the British Isles - A digital encyclopedia’ by Clive Stace, Ruud van der Meijden (Ed.), Ingrid de Kort (Ed.) published by ETI, Netherlands, ISBN: 90-75000-69-3, republished for use on this medium.


 C.A. Stace

I. de Kort, R.M. van der Meijden, R.P. Heijman, T. Boersma, U. May, and M. van Couwelaar

Mobile version:
 H. Veldhuijzen van Zanten, E. van Spronsen, T. Boersma, R. Altenburg, P. Klinkenberg, W. Addink and P. Schalk

Software development and design:
 Studio Sophisti and ETI BioInformatics

Copyright of the colour photographs and drawings remain with the photographers and artists or with the Botanical Society of the British Isles. Cambridge University Press (CUP) allowed use of the text of the ‘New Flora’. Editors (C.D. Preston, D.A. Pearman and T.D. Dines) and participating organizations (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA); Centre for Ecology & Hydrobiology (CEH); Botanical Society of the British Isles (BSBI); Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands (Dúchas); Environment and Heritage Service (EHS); Oxford University Press (OUP); and Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (HMSO) — kindly gave permission to use data from the ‘New Atlas of the British and Irish Flora’ (Preston et al., 2002).

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Customer Reviews

Great App but needs FIXING!!!

This app could be the best flora app ever if it was fixed. There has been no update to this. PLEASE PLEASE FIX THIS. The key stops and diverts and is not functioning correctly.
Does anyone know how to contact the developers to get this issue fixed??
It's expensive but would be worth every penny. I feel I can not give this app 5 stars until it is fixed.
I may even complain to the consumer protection organisation in the UK as the claims of this app are not working! I think everyone should do the same.

OK for what it is ...

This isn't for out and out beginners, there isn't an easy way in apart from the keys. It isn't likely to replace a flora for an advanced field botanist. It is a good aide memoire for many keen botanists in the field.

The keys don' always work, the developers know this and say they'd like to know from users which bits of the keys are not working.

It is a pity there isn't an iPad version with higher definition photos but for me this has replaced a flora on most excursions.

A missed opportunity

I've been considering this application for some time, but have been put off by the bad reviews. However, I finally decided to bite the bullet and have discovered that the reviews are, sadly, correct. As a professional botanist I use Clive Stace's New Flora of the British Isles on a daily basis. It's an exceptional piece of work, but this application is badly implemented.

Most botanists will have a pretty good idea which genus a plant belongs to and will immediately go to that section in the flora. Unfortunately it is impossible to do this with this application, which makes it almost useless.

Anyone considering this application should wait until the developers sort this issue out. What was the point of designing it and then ignoring the feedback from users?

Melittis melissophyllum was right. It is a missed opportunity.


Flora of the British Isles
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  • £12.99
  • Category: Reference
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  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 746 MB
  • Languages: English, Dutch
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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