With Flora Finder you become an instant expert in identifying New Zealand native plants!

Flora Finder is an electronic field guide to help you identify some of the most common New Zealand native plants from photographs of their leaves.

You take a photograph of a native plant’s leaf using the camera on your smartphone and Flora Finder will:

-Instantly identify the plant for you
-Give you with a description of the plant
-Provide you with beautiful images of parts of the plant
-Pinpoint and map your location (from anywhere in New Zealand) of where you’ve found your plant using our live mapping feature
-Add your photo to your own digital collection when you confirm your match

Travel the country or stay in one place, with Flora Finder it’s like having the world’s most famous plant experts in your pocket ready to go when you need them!

And if Flora Finder can’t identify the plant for you…no matter, just request an identification by taking a photograph of the plant, attach it to Flora Finder’s email feature and press send. Our team at the University of Otago Botany Department will receive your email and identify the plant for you!

Created in 2013 by the Otago Innovation Limited (The University of Otago Technology Transfer Team) and the University of Otago Botany Department in partnership with MEA Mobile (top experts in making Apps), we’re excited to share Flora Finder with you.

What's New

Version 2.1

Improved usability.

Ratings and Reviews

1.1 out of 5
7 Ratings
7 Ratings
Waitakeregardner ,


I needed the app to recognise the plant for me, not have to search through lots of pictures myself trying to decide which one is most similar. Also, if there are only such a small amount of the natives listed, how do I know if the plant I have photographed is non native, and should be pulled out, or is actually native, but not listed in your app.

Jageol ,

Don't throw away your tree book just yet

Works only by photographing a single leaf on a white background. Have not had much success and is no use in a forest. NZ trees can have similar leaf forms across genera due to convergent evolution. Is hopeless for podocarps with fine leaves. Would need much better image matching ability to work well. Not recommended.

Gilly-Brown ,

App not working properly

This app is rather too expensive to have errors in it. The interface on my device won't let me choose between single and compound leaf; it doesn't appear fully on my screen. If the app rotated sideways maybe...? but it doesn't, so I'm disappointed.


MEA Mobile Limited
102.9 MB
Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2013
In-App Purchases
  1. Flora Finder Weeds Update $3.49


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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