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Pl@ntNet is an image sharing and retrieval application for the identification of plants.

It is developed by scientists from four French research organisations (Cirad, INRA, Inria and IRD), and the Tela Botanica network, with the financial support of Agropolis fondation.

Among other features, this free app helps identifying plant species from photographs, through a visual recognition software. Plant species that are well enough illustrated in the botanical reference database can be easily recognized.
This app works on different territories, the species list is available through the application. The number of species and the number of images used by the application evolve with contributions of end users to the project.

It doesn’t allow the identification of ornamental plants. It works even better than the pictures submitted are focused on one organ. Pictures of tree leaves on uniform background provide the most relevant results.

If you correctly identify a species, you can participate to the project by submitting your observation with the "contribution" button. These contributions subject to a moderation process will be validated collaboratively.

To find this application on the web, go to the following link:

What's New

Version 1.0.8

iOS 9 compatibility.
Improve pictures management.
Improve identification algorithm.

Ratings and Reviews

2.7 out of 5

63 Ratings

63 Ratings



I see now too late that I have downloaded an app that doesn't have any use in the United States where I live. I am very disappointed to see here that people say it has no North American plants.

Also I am really annoyed that they did not offer the privacy setting options to have GPS tracking only when using the app. Instead they have it set to collect data on where we are even if the app is off.

There is no excuse for the app to need the GPS tracking to be always on when it is not in use. I feel the same way about the Waze app not giving the option to only track our GPS when we have the app on. Having GPS constantly on without the choice to not have it always on causes me to have to turn it on and off a lot if I want to use such an app, so I probably will delete the app because it's too much trouble.

I am really surprised that I was told of this app and it turns out it's apparently not meant for people in the United States. What is it doing in the app store for United States IPhones?

If you put in the north American plants so I can use it in the US, and you add the option to not be GPS tracked except when the app is in use, I will rate it highly.

No North American Plants

Mr Toner

I didn't bother reading the description, having been given the name of the app when I Googled for "Shazam for plants," so I didn't realize that the app can't identify plants in North America. However, that does not influence this review.

I like the fact that you can take pictures of different parts of the plant to aid in identification. This really helps when you have several different flowers that are similar, but their leaves are quite different.

On the other hand, using the app seems complicated and non-intuitive. Perhaps because a "group of scientists" was involved? 😉

Lots of photos, and links to Tela Botanical and Wikipedia for most, if not all, of the 6124 species of plants included in the app's database. I'd like to see the app use a Safari Web View, particularly because the in-app browser doesn't have navigation buttons.

In all, rating three stars for a Good app.

Hard to use

Aunt Scorpion

It does have plants in the USA. You just have to change the settings. It has nice photos, but they are not in alphabetical order so are useless for looking up a plant. It has categories by family groups, but how many of us non-botanists use Latin family names for plant groups? So, that part is useless for me. There is no search tool. You can't put in "rose" etc and get a photo of a rose. I didn't try the photo ID application. I don't know if that works or not. It is a good idea, but needs lots of improvements. I'm deleting it.


25 MB
Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2013-2016 Cirad, INRA, Inria, IRD and Tela Botanica


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    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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