Calflora Observer is an app that allows you to quickly and efficiently report wild plant occurrences. This app makes it easy for you to report the species name, date, and location of over 10,000 California native and non-native plant taxa. You can also add a photograph to a report, and share it with others later to confirm identification. Your reports are transmitted wirelessly to your account in the Calflora database, where you can edit them with the My Observations app, and see them on a map.
Ratings and Reviews
Great idea - lacking basic functionality
To compete with iNaturalist, the app of choice for most people who record plant observations, Calflora must make three upgrades to this app. 1. allow the observer to select photos from Photos that have been edited. i will never use this app if I can only make real time observations with no cropping or exposure adjustments in the field. 2. allow searching the plant lists to find a species of interest for making an observation. having to manually go through the list is a pain. 3. add sort options to arrange the plant list by family.
Neat Citizen Science Project
I am a bit of a sucker for citizen science projects, this is one of the better ones I have found. It makes hiking in California into a bit of a treasure hunt where you try to find plants you know how to identify.
On the negative side, this is not a project I can hand to my nine year old daughter. This one takes an obsessive amount of attention to detail. There are thousands of plant species growing in California. I am pretty good, but I doubt I can identify 200. Unfortunately, this app does not help much in making identifications just reporting them.
It does make reporting plants the second time really simple. The first time is a bit clunky because you need to search for the plants scientific name. Figuring out the interface the first time is a bit complicated too, figuring out how to record notes and take pictures wasn't that obvious. It isn't hard though so once you submit three or four plants you can do it in just a few seconds.
Also, it oddly doesn't let you publish directly from the app. You need to go online and hit one more button on the Calflora site to actually publish.
New upgrades make this app very easy and fun to use. Allowing the app to use the iPhoto Library is a major enhancement. I recommend using it. If there is ever a problem with an upload, you will still have your photos with their GPS data.
This version feels faster and smoother in many ways. Even the voice recognition feature on the Notes page feels more responsive, although botanical names will always be a problem ( my iPhone 4S has learned a number of them but it can't seem to
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.