The ‘shazam’ of landscape architecture allows you identify plants from your phone

During its existence, Shazam transformed countless people into musical scholars. The smartphone app involves the closest mobiles to become magic wands, allowing users to identify the songs that play around them by simply pressing a button.

Now, Pl@ntNet is designed so that landscape architects - or simple lovers of flora - are all equal.

A team of researchers from CIRAD, IRA, Inria / IRD and the Tela Botanica Network recently published Pl@ntNet as an application that works similarly to Shazam. Instead of identifying songs, Pl@ntNet is able to identify plant species.

The application collects data from a large social network that constantly downloads images and information about plant species. For those who can not identify a particular species, the application uses visualization software that recognizes the installation and links it to its plant information library. All the user has to do is take and upload a photo of the mysterious factory.

There are currently several variations of Pl@ntNet, which are downloaded according to the location of the user. For example, a user in Europe would upload the variant containing plants that grow in Europe. Although there is not yet a version of Pl@ntNet specific to Australia, there is a general category called "Useful Plants", which contains 2,553 species and accounts.