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FloraQuest connects you with everything you need to know about naturally occurring plants in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic US:
- Interactive dichotomous keys use your location to streamline the process of identifying plants
- Illustrated glossary terms decipher botanical terms
- Full descriptions of species, varieties, subspecies, genera, and plant families, including references, identification notes, images, and distributions
- Powerful and quick search to find species (first two letters of genus + first two letters of species, e.g., ACRU finds Acer rubrum).
- Record plants you find, with photos, dates, and location. Browse plants others have found and made public.
- Show plants by common name or scientific (latin) name.

FloraQuest is a product of the University of North Carolina Herbarium (http://herbarium.unc.edu) and was funded by Innovate Carolina.

What’s New

Version 2.0

Integrates observations into the iNaturalist application

Ratings and Reviews

3.3 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

NewBackyardNaturalist ,

Great Concept but ...

This App needs more work and updating for serious backyard naturalists. Has it ever been updated? Some of us have hard-to-identify native or long naturalized plants and would be glad to provide photos that are missing from this app if we could positively ID them.

toadshade ,

For Those Who Want To Take Their Botany Study To A New Level

This is a great app and I agree with everything GulfCoastBotanizer says. I'm a serious hobbyist wanting to up my game and have been using Weakley's Flora for the Southeastern U.S. for a while. The search features are excellent. I'm still learning the keys and this is a great app to do that. Plus having the info on what's Native and what's Exotic is useful since I have a friend in the process of planting a Native garden. I agree with the other review that there seems to be no way to edit observations. I would love to be able delete Castilleja coccinea from the Xeric Sandhills in Columbia, SC, and put it back in the Great Smokies where I intended. Plus I wish there was a way to organize the Favorites since I'm putting a lot in there. A lot of hard work was put into this and it is greatly appreciated!

James Wilson
Columbia, SC

GulfCoastBotanizer ,

Great resource for serious botany

I’m thrilled to see Weakley's Flora for the Southeastern US as a self-contained app. Be warned this is not a "field guide.” You follow a dichotomous key (choose a or b, like a “choose your own adventure” story) to identify a plant, and this may require having the specimen in hand. The terminology is very technical, but there are links that clearly define most terms. Some great features: If you provide a location, the key will streamline to include only geographically relevant items. You can begin with what you know — from the very beginning (it’s a plant) or partway along (it’s a Sesbania) Each species description tells habitat, range (with map), introduction history, etc. It’s authoritative and referenced, gives taxonomic synonyms. You can add your own observations using your iPad or iPhone camera, either for your own album or to be shared, and can save a Favorites list. Working back up the key if you make a wrong turn is easy. On an iPad, the big clear font and line drawings are geared to use in field conditions. The Help feature (‘?' button) is thorough. This app has taken a huge effort and a great deal of thought about functionality. Some features need work (things I noticed: I couldn’t tell how to edit or delete an Observation; some text was in html code; part of the Asteraceae key is incomplete; many species aren’t illustrated yet, but space has been left to add images). I expect these will be addressed in updates. Great for serious botanists or natural history types who want something beyond the field guide.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
425.7 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, French, Portuguese

Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Copyright 2018, University of North Carolina


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