Nature lovers can now identify their favorite trees just by taking a picture of their leaves.
Created by scientists from the Smithsonian Institution, Columbia University and the University of Maryland, Leafsnap allows users to find the common name, scientific name and pictures of trees they identify. It is the first collaborative app by the three organizations that uses visual recognition software in order to be an electronic field guide.
In the 1.05 version, trees specific to the Northeast, New York City and Washington D.C. are available to be identified and viewed. In upcoming versions, a larger number of the country’s trees will be included.
For iPhone or iPad users who enjoy identifying tree species and learning more about them, this app is perfect, especially for long summer hikes.