PlantSnap Plant Identification

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Take pics to (mostly) identify flowers and plants.

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age 18+
Based on 3 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Learn specific details about plant species, as well as similar plants. Practice skills in analyzing evidence, decision-making, and using and applying technology.

Ease of Play

Very easy to use. Just center the plant, expand to zoom enough to fit the box, and the app does the rest. The most difficult part is deciding whether the app has identified the plant correctly, based on the information provided, especially if the user's knowledge of plants is limited.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that PlantSnap Plant Identification helps identify plants or flowers using a single photo. The developers say the app is part of an effort to "catalog and recognize every plant species on the planet." After a user takes a photo of the plant or flower that they want to identify, the app generates the common names of potential options, and the likely percentage match of each. Users can accept or deny the app's suggestions. It also lists plants' species names and global locations. Users can save all of their snapshots in a self-made catalog. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byGeorgie4Raymond September 6, 2018

Doesn't Work

PlantSnap couldn't identify the two plants I photographed. They said they would send the images on to their "team of biologists" and would get ba... Continue reading
Adult Written byMooncat12345 September 2, 2018

Terrible

Absolutely doesn’t work

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What's it about?

To use PLANTSNAP PLANT IDENTIFICATION register with an email or Facebook account. Watch the instructional video. After granting/denying permission to access your location, tap the "Snap" icon, get close to the leaves or flowers, and center them for correct analysis. Pinch or expand the image for best centering and fit.  You can also identify plant images already saved on your phone. The app will identify the most likely plant and also give alternative choices. Select what result you think is best match and tap "accept" or if it doesn't match what you think it is, tap "decline." View the plants' scientific names and categories, origins, and most common locations.

Is it any good?

This is a fun way to get to know more about plant life in your area or somewhere that you're visiting. That said, it's important to use PlantSnap Plant Identification according to instructions to get most accurate results, and it's important to note that this app is not foolproof. The percentage accuracy (often in the 30- to 40-percent range) on some plant identifications at the time of review isn't entirely reassuring. One really fun feature on the app is that it saves when and where you took the plant photos, creating a personalized catalog of your flower and plant explorations. PlantSnap isn't a perfect identification or reference tool, but it's a fun and novel way to apply tech in order to learn more about the natural world.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how PlantSnap Plant Identification can be used to help your kid learn about the natural world. Visit a local park, snap pics around your yard, or even take photos of houseplants to help your kid become more familiar with the plant life that surrounds them.

  • Talk about the importance of using PlantSnap according to instructions to get best results. Also, consider finding other sources to confirm the app's suggestions, if you or your kid is using this app for a school project, or to identify the correct plant for appropriate plant care, as it's not  a perfect tool.)

  • Explain the system of plant taxonomy to your kid. Talk about common names vs. scientific names. Learn more together about the differences between Kingdoms, Divisions, Classes, Orders, etc.

App details

For kids who love science and nature apps

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