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 2.5

Our winter release is here! You can now export your complete observation list with species name and location. We have fixed some minor bugs and integrated additional languages. Welcome Finland and Portugal.


Patrick Maeder
33.5 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


English, German

Age Rating


  • Family Sharing

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

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