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.

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

Excalibur0 ,

Best ever

Best app for plant recognition

Developer Response ,

Would be nice to get some help with the translation , e.g. some basic text elements in the App and the AppStore description. Translating the app is not funded. We did it in our free time. Thanks for your positive review!

Ppppbpp ,

Good with annoyances

Nagging for location permission. Bad translation.

Developer Response ,

I see you give the comment in the Polish store. We translated the Polish version mostly automatically. We ask several people from Poland to help us in translation. But no reply. That's too bad. For the other languages we got a lot of support from native speakers. Translations are not funded and are only done in our spare time.

The app is also be developed to document plant occurrences. That's why we ask for the location. More information here (unfortunately only in German). You can use the app completely anonymous.


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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