University of Washington Herbarium at the Burke Museum, the authors of WILDFLOWERS OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, and High Country Apps have partnered to produce the new WASHINGTON WILDFLOWERS plant identification app for mobile devices. The app provides images, species descriptions, range maps, bloom period, and technical descriptions for 1025 common wildflowers, shrubs, and vines found in Washington and adjacent areas of British Columbia, Idaho, and Oregon. The majority of species included are native, but introduced species common to the region are covered as well. The app does not need an Internet connection to run, so you can use it no matter how remote your wanderings take you.
The number of species covered and wealth of information included sets a new standard for wildflower identification apps. Though primarily designed for amateur enthusiasts, the breadth of content in WASHINGTON WILDFLOWERS also makes it appealing to more experienced botanists. Users can browse the species list by common or scientific name (and even by family!) to locate a plant and access the related information. However, most users will want to rely on the easy-to-use search key to accurately identify plants of interest.
The key's interface is broken down into nine simple categories: growth habit (e.g., wildflower, shrub, vine), flower color, month of year, geographic region, habitat, leaf arrangement, leaf type, duration (annual, biennial, perennial), and origin (native or introduced). Select choices in as many or as few categories as you wish. As you do so, the number of species found is displayed at the top of the page. Once done selecting, the click of a button returns a list of thumbnail images and names for potential matches. Users scroll among the species on the list and tap a thumbnail image to access additional photos, descriptions, and range maps.
WASHINGTON WILDFLOWERS includes supporting documents with extensive information on the ecoregions of Washington, descriptions of habitats found across the state, wildflower destinations with best time to visit, insights into how the climate influences the plant communities found here, as well as detailed instructions on how to use the app. Users will also find an extensive glossary of botanical terms, along with labeled diagrams of leaves, flowers, and inflorescences. Finally, detailed descriptions can be found for each family contained in WASHINGTON WILDFLOWERS. Tapping on a family name brings up a list of images and names for all species in the app belonging to that family.
Washington and its adjacent areas are home to diverse landscapes containing a wealth of wildflowers, shrubs, and vines. WASHINGTON WILDFLOWERS will appeal to individuals of all ages who travel to such areas and are interested in knowing the names and natural history of the plants that they encounter. WASHINGTON WILDFLOWERS is also a great educational tool for learning more about plant communities, botanical terms, and how to identify plants in general. A portion of revenues from the app supports conservation and botanical exploration in the region.
- Updated accepted names and synonyms on 14 species.
- Updated images for 2 species.
- Added Rubus lasiococcus.
- Deleted 1 species that was extraneous.
- Added metadata for iPhoneX so that it will render full screen.
Ratings and Reviews
Best flower app for Washington State
This app is supported by the foremost experts in Washington flora, at the University of Washington Herbarium. You can’t put all flowering plants for Washington in one app (you could, but it’s would get messy for the those trying to parse out tough genera) so they’ve picked the ones you’ll most likely see. They certainly chose well. This information comes from the source of flora knowledge. Other free apps don’t have the same depth or content. The money goes to those who make plant taxonomy a lifestyle. I’ve been using it for a few years and it is indispensable.
Useful, easy to operate app
Love the High Country flower (and grass) apps. Bought the Flora of Yellowstone years ago and now grab any new ones for regions where I travel. So convenient to have everything available in one lightweight, easily carried spot. I live on the edge of the Palouse region of Washington and Idaho and use both apps when I’m out and about.
Elegant and efficient!
I bought this wonderful app late last week before heading over to south central Washington (Bickleton area), from Seattle on a nature day "runaway." We went in pursuit of bluebirds and spring wild flowers and wide open spaces and were delighted to find that this app helped us quickly zoom in and narrow down the number of possibilities for our searches, and then confirm our wild flower ID's, easily and quickly. The search design and Mark Turner's beautiful, illustrative imagery are first rate. I highly recommend this app for any considering a Northwest wildflower outing.
Combine it with the Peterson Birds of North America app on your iPhone and/or iPad, as well, and a pair of binoculars and you are set for a grand outdoor adventure.
Strong work, Mark and team.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.