Flora Incognita - Automated plant species identification

The Flora Incognita App enables you to identify plants automatically, quickly, and accurately.

The identification process is intuitive: take a picture of the plant with the camera of your smartphone or tablet. The unknown plant is then identified automatically within seconds. In addition to the specific plant species name, a species profile page presents further information such as characteristics, distribution or protection status of the species. You can also save, export or share your plant observations on different social media channels.

The app contains:

• automatic identification of 4800+ plant wild growing species
• extensive, illustrated species portraits with a wide range of information on each plant species
• search and filter species for various criteria
• create and export observation lists
• share and export observations

The Flora Incognita App goes beyond a simple identification app. Under the menu item "News" you will always find the latest news and various citizen science projects.


• For now, we do only support a limited number of ornamental and indoor plants while focusing on wild growing species.

Flora Incognita is a joint project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), the Thuringian Ministry of the Environment and the Thuringian Foundation for Nature Conservation (Naturschutzstiftung Thüringen) in accordance with the guidelines for funding research projects to implement the National Strategy for Biodiversity.

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What’s New

Version 2.9.1

You can now view your own observations and the distribution of species on an interactive map.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

Lucky urias rrtx ,


I really love this app, I tested it in my backyard, and it identified it perfectly! The app has only 2 problems: 1. I went around my neighborhood, identifying plants, and I came across this plant, with a bush like, base, and flowers on long stalks just shooting up, (I would say the name, but you’ll see why I can’t.) I took pictures accordingly, but it can up with an unknown species. I used Google, and it said Hummingbird Yuka and Red Yuka. Weird name. Anyway, I thought I should mention that, same with an oak tree... Other than that, this app is flawless, kudos to the developers! I love this app!!!💐🌺🌸💖❤️💕

Developer Response ,

We will include more plant growing in the US in the next weeks. So far we have the main focus in Mid-Europe. Thank you very much.

Ok, no nmae and happy ,

A very functional app

I only have it for a short time and it is winter season here in Munich. Nevertheless, it has identified wild herbs and trees which I either knew (to confirm my observations) and new one which I didn’t but curious. Job well done.

cgmurray ,

Easy to use and fast identification

Just open the app and start using it. Very intuitive and fast. Correctly identified the first plant I tried.

App Privacy

The developer, Patrick Maeder, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Identifiers

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

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

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