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 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 flowering species.

The Flora Incognita app is jointly developed by scientists from the Technical University of Ilmenau and the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena. We are continuously working on improving the app.

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) 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

4.4 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Isoëtes ,


Even on a tiny flower of Veronica arvensis for which my phone could only take a blurry photo it still got it right at 92%!
It would be nice to be able to copy plant names & to save photos.

Developer Response ,

Yes these are the next steps. You can already share/save your images. Please have a look at the Tips story under the "i" on the startscreen.

Colette rubbish nwb ,

Fantastic app for use in the field.

Great app - so long as data connection is strong! Saving photos to ID later is a good feature - will give it a try when next in a "no" zone! Otherwise the identification is usually swift and conclusive. Plants with tiny flowers and leaves will narrow down to a group.

Developer Response ,

Please press the three dots next to the camera symbol and you change into the gallery to import images.

critcom ,


I’m very impressed with the app - easy to use and so far it’s been very accurate. Thank you!

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 based on, for example, the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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