Flora of Virginia 4+

By Flora of Virginia Project

High Country Apps, LLC

Designed for iPad

    • 4.8 • 28 Ratings
    • $19.99



The Flora of Virginia Project presents the complete app for learning about the plants of Virginia.

The FLORA OF VIRGINIA PROJECT (www.floraofvirginia.org) presents the complete app for learning about the plants of Virginia, whether a wildflower from a weedy roadside, a shrub from a coastal dune, or a tree from a deep Appalachian hollow. The app does not need an Internet connection to run, so you can use it no matter how remote your wanderings take you.

The FLORA OF VIRGINIA app is based on its predecessor, the FLORA OF VIRGINIA book published by the Flora of Virginia Project in partnership with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. The flora was the first comprehensive flora offered for Virginia in exactly 250 years. The app and the book describe nearly 3,200 plant species native to or naturalized in Virginia in nearly 200 families.

The FLORA OF VIRGINIA app combines information from several other ecological data sets with the FLORA’s own data, including moisture regime, light regime, level of invasiveness, state and global rareness rankings, and listings as rare or endangered. Emphasis is on habitats, ecological earmarks of natives. Also appealing, of course, are the app’s portability and update-ability. And a unique, simple Graphic Key! This combination of features makes it a hit with much younger users, especially 6–12 students who might otherwise have their Flora experience limited to a few handouts in the classroom. In addition to the Graphic Key are the full dichotomous keys from the Flora of Virginia book in app form -- it's easy to tap through the choices presented until your plant is found. If you struggle to remember botanical terms, the app allows you to click on a word you don’t know, and the definition pops up without you having to leave the page!

App features include:
- Original illustrations and photos aiding in plant identification.
- Range maps for quick reference.
- Ability to filter plants based on user's geo-location.
- Ability to arrange plants by scientific name, common name, genus name, or family name.
- "Plant Discovery and Documentation in Virginia," a guide to the history of botanical exploration in Virginia.
- "The Nature of the Virginia Flora," a section that clarifies the ways in which geology, climate, and biology together create the rich, complex plant life in the state, with fine color photography illustrating key habitat types.
- "Learning the Virginia Flora: 50 Sites for Productive Field Botany," a brief guide to some of Virginia's botanizing hot spots.

The Flora of Virginia Project was initiated in 2001 to steer creation of the first comprehensive reference work on the native and naturalized plants of Virginia. For more information about the Flora of Virginia Project, please visit www.floraofvirginia.org.

What’s New

Version 6.02

Replaced the range map for Rudbeckia fulgida var. fulgida to be the correct map.
Made hyperlinks for glossary popups darker blue for readability.
Updated glossary.
Processed new glossary terms and definitions against the text fields in dichotomous keys and descriptions for plants, families, and genera.
Fixed problem of searching for common names with apostrophes not matching. Now the names match correctly.
Fixed problem with Glossary and Family/Genus dichotomous key lists reverting back to top when user switches to another app and comes back. Now the user's place is retained.
Fixed thumbnail image mix up between Wisteria frutescens var frutescens and var macrostachya.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

A creative player ,

Best Tool for Plant ID in Virginia

I studying plant biology in college at the moment and this app has been essential for my work and research in Virginia over the last year since I was first introduced to it. It contains an insane amount of information and is easy enough for beginners to navigate, but specific enough for expert use with the dichotomous key.

The new update that added links for definitions of botanical terms is one of the best features so far in the app. It was my only complaint before this, so I’m very happy that you all added that feature.

I cannot recommend this app enough for anyone studying plant biology or interested in identifying Virginia plants!!

beegirl216 ,

Absolutely wonderful with one important suggestion

As someone who has only been getting into native plants in the last few years, I find this reference at my fingertips an amazing resource. It is well worth the money! As someone who is not formally trained in botany but wants to learn as much as I can, having a glossary button from individual species pages (like there is a ruler button on the side) would be amazingly helpful. Right now it’s a pain to remember the word I don’t know, back all the way out to the main menu, navigate to the glossary and look up the definition, and then search for the plant all over again. Some pages I may need to look up 10 words in the glossary so imagine how easy it would be to only hit the glossary button once and then close it and still be on the species page.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for your kind review and suggestion for easy access to definitions. We have considered this idea for the glossary and hope to include that functionality at some point. Best regards, HCA

VA university professor ,


I am a university professor of botany and plant taxonomist and rely on the Flora of Virginia for my work as a researcher and educator. This app contains all of the data of the printed flora, plus a user-friendly graphic key, excellent color photos, an intuitive search indexing system and - my favorite - state-of-the-art county-level distributions maps imported from the Atlas of the Virginia Flora group. I use this app nearly daily and can get my students quickly “up and running” on id using this tool. Highly recommend!

Developer Response ,

Thanks so much for your kind words! I'm glad it is a useful tool in the field and for your students.

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