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Here is how to Identify Unknown Plants using Visual Recognition Software

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It happens sometimes that we come across any plant and want to know what plant it is. Identifying a plant is not an easy job with so many plant species to be exact 360,000 species living on earth, and having the same shape or more technically texa or genus. Well, not any more. Here, we’ll be talking about a mobile application for android and iOS that uses visual recognition software to identify unknown plants.

PlantNet Plant Identification

Pl@ntNet is an application or a tool 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.

Main Features of PlantNet

  • It allows you to identify and better understand all kinds of plants living in nature.
  • The wide range of plants that it identifies include flowering plants, trees, grasses, conifers, ferns, vines, wild salads or cacti.
  • It can also identify a large number of cultivated plants (in parks and gardens).
  • The ability to filter recognized species by genus or family.
  • 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.

How to Use PlantNet?

Using PlantNet is super easy. All you need to do is to download the app by the links given below and take a good photo of the plant using your smartphone. The more visual information you give 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 reliable identification.

PlantNet Download Links (Free)

For Android User, Click HERE to Download.

For iOS Users, Click Here to Download.

You can also visit PlantNet Website to use the tool.

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[Video] (Using Visual Recognition Software) ?Identify Unknown Plants with Mobile [Urdu/Hindi]

Naeem Javid Muhammad Hassani is working as Conservator of Forests in Balochistan Forest & Wildlife Department (BFWD). He is the CEO of Tech Urdu ( Forestrypedia (, All Pak Notifications (, Essayspedia, etc & their YouTube Channels). He is an Environmentalist, Blogger, YouTuber, Developer & Vlogger.

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