By Tony Valois
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The National Park Service invites you to take along a virtual botanist the next time you visit the Santa Monica Mountains. With almost 1000 showcased plants and over 7000 photos, this App offers both novice and advanced wildflower enthusiasts the opportunity to identify common and rare plants while exploring remote areas of the Santa Monica Mountains.
Visitors can chose several basic flower characteristics on the App’s interface like color, size and shape. Based on those characteristics, the App presents several possible photographs to compare to the actual flower. Flowers that are more difficult to identify often come with several photographs so that visitors can confidently make an accurate identification.
The App is based off of the award winning website “Wildflowers of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.” An easy way to experience the content of the App before deciding to download is to visit the online version at the Park’s website: www.nps.gov/samo. Follow the “Plan Your Visit” link, then “Things To Do” then “Look For Wildflowers.” There you will find a link called “Mobile Web Version - Smart Phones” that leads to a version of the WildFlower website that closely resembles this App. A direct link to the mobile version is also available on the App’s website.
The App resides entirely on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, so the content generally loads much more quickly than even the highest speed connection allows. An important benefit of this is that if you are out in remote places without a signal, you can still access all of the App’s content. One consideration when downloading the App is that it takes up about 650MB (0.65GB) of the device’s internal memory due to the high number and resolution of the flower photographs.
The wildflower database is periodically updated as new flowers are added, so look for App updates to make sure you have all of the available photographs and flowers.
What's New in Version 1.3.1
- iPhone 5 ready.
- Added about 40 new plants.
- Added or updated about 800 photos.
- Now includes the text descriptions from ANF.
Note: This update significantly increases the size of the app (now about 630MB.) The large size means the download can take quite a while.
A pleasure to use
I am a highschool student and I collect samples of our local species very frequently and I found this app to be a wonderful companion. It is very comprehensive and has a large database of flowering species. Thank you very much for this field guide!
Loved this app from the start
Thank you to the compilers of this app. You have made my hikes come alive with information. If you live in Ventura County, and love plants in nature, this app is a joy.
- Category: Reference
- Updated: Feb 28, 2013
- Version: 1.3.1
- Size: 520 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Tony Valois
- © National Park Service
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.