Identify one plant from a picture, and be part of a citizen science project on plant biodiversity.

Pl@ntNet is an application that allows you to identify plants simply by photographing them with your smartphone. Very useful when you don't have a botanist on hand! Pl@ntNet is also a great citizen science project: all the plants you photograph are collected and analysed by scientists around the world to better understand the evolution of plant biodiversity and to better preserve it.

Pl@ntNet allows you to identify and better understand all kinds of plants living in nature: flowering plants, trees, grasses, conifers, ferns, vines, wild salads or cacti. Pl@ntNet can also identify a large number of cultivated plants (in parks and gardens) but this is not its primary purpose. We especially need Pl@ntNet’s users to inventory the wild plants, those that you can observe in nature of course but also those that grow on the sidewalks of our cities or in the middle of your vegetable garden!

The more visual information you give to Pl@ntNet about the plant you are observing, the more accurate the identification will be. There are indeed many plants that look alike from afar and it is sometimes small details that distinguish two species of the same genus. Flowers, fruits and leaves are the most characteristic organs of a species and it is them that should be photographed first. But any other detail can be useful, such as thorns, buds or hair on the stem. A photograph of the whole plant (or the tree if it is one!) is also very useful information, but it is often not sufficient to allow a reliable identification.

At present Pl@ntNet makes it possible to recognize about 20,000 species. We are still a long way from the 360,000 species living on earth, but Pl@ntNet is getting richer every day thanks to the contributions of the most experienced users among you. Don't be afraid to contribute yourself! Your observation will be reviewed by the community and may one day join the photo gallery illustrating the species in the application.

The new version of Pl@ntNet released in January 2019 includes many improvements and new features:
-The ability to filter recognized species by genus or family.
-The differentiated data revision that gives more weight to users who have demonstrated the most skills (in particular the number of species observed, validated by the community).
-The re-identification of shared observations, whether yours or those of other users of the application.
-The multi-flora identification that allows you to search for the photographed plant in all the flora of the application and not only in the one you have selected. Very useful when you are not sure what flora to look for.
-The selection of your favorite floras to access them more quickly.
-The navigation at different taxonomic levels in image galleries.
-The mapping of your observations.
-Links to many factsheets.

The web version of the application is also available at the following address:

What’s New

Version 3.5.2

Harmonization of the observation interface to be consistent throughout the app.
Votes are saved directly.

You can now participate to common names.
Small improvements on interface and navigation, more small bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.7K Ratings

1.7K Ratings

Davidwtd ,

Awesome App

I’m a total novice so I can’t follow all the Family/ Genus stuff. It’s over my head. But the app lends itself to basic use too by listing the common names. My favorite part though is when you search a plant, the options offer pics of the flower, leaves, bark, etc.. There’s even a Wikipedia tab so you can read about the plant which can help in identification. Because it’s user driven, there’s good and bad. The good: TONS of submitted photos. The bad: Not all the submitted pics will be of the advertised plant (just means someone made a poor identification and “contributed” it to the database). This can fool you into thinking it’s something it’s not. It’s also up to the user network to “validate” everyone’s observations. Sadly there’s no flora-genius overseeing the thousands of contributions to determine the accuracy. That’s just wishful thinking. You’re relying on someone plant-savvy to stumble across your contribution and choose to validate you. Overall a kickass app. And it’s free! I’m learning slowly, but learning a lot.

misssnailpail ,


During covid-19 sheltering and shutdowns, my plant love has rekindled ever brighter on my neighborhood walks. Of all the 4 plant apps i downloaded to help me identify the abundance of flaura here, PlantNet is my #1 go to. It makes me happy and is extremely user friendly to navigate. So much so, i want to interview these awesome developers to learn from their mastery and see if maybe there is a way to work with them develop an ocean app that keeps percolating for me. It involved coral reef restoration - art, sci, tech, international community involvement. I'm not an avid app user, yet this app inspires and delivers. I am an artist working with ecology; so grateful for PlantNet. Thanks for creating this wonderful world of fun and discovery to keep me engaged with beautiful aliveness during the pandemic.

Honeypouf ,

My Fav App, But

This is really the only app I use for Plant ID. I like the community effort that goes into the data, especially different photo inputs from people because it helps me compare and see slight differences for comparison. It’s the app I recommend to other plant enthusiasts. I prefer it because I like the layout, it’s usability, and it’s accessibility. Other apps are behind a paywall or require sign up with personal information; I never get far enough to use them - I delete those almost as soon as they are installed.

One thing I dislike about this app is that while more information for the plants are available by clicking on the plant name after you ID your photo(s) is that there is no way to highlight the text to copy/paste OR share the findings with another. I have to manually look up the plant again in a search engine using the common name and then find the Wiki article again. I can’t memorize the scientific names, or type them all out when sharing on the go in a busy day.

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The developer, Cirad-France, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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