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Name That Plant in One Click

This article appeared in the July 21, 2017 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

Name That Plant in One Click

Explorit's own Curcubita pepo L. (field pumpkin). Photo by Lisa Justice.


By Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise


Have you ever been for a walk through the neighborhood or a local park and been struck by an unfamiliar plant? What kind of plant is it? Is it indigenous to this part of California? What if you don’t remember to look it up when you get home?


Luckily, there’s now an app for that. Pl@ntNet, a joint project presented by Inria, Cirad, INRA, IRD, Agropolis Fondation and Tela Botanica, aims to increase knowledge about the plants we encounter each day, build a database of plants local to each user, and track plant species with GPS data.


Using the free Pl@ntNet app for IOS or Android and the camera on your smartphone or tablet, you can take pictures of the plants you see and upload them to Pl@ntNet’s database. Then you can use the observations function to match your photo with the thousands in Pl@ntNet’s database to identify what you see.


Plus, every time a user shares a photo with Pl@ntNet, it enhances the app’s ability to correctly identify different plant species. And, if you turn on the GPS function, the scientists behind Pl@ntNet can use that information to track different species, particularly invasive ones.


So with just a click of your smartphone you can not only answer that nagging question of what plant you’re looking at, but you can also contribute to a global database of botanical knowledge.



Explorit’s coming events:


●      Summer Science Camp registration is open now. Find all the details

●      Save the date of Sunday, August 27 for Explorit’s annual end of summerScience Blast celebration, a full day of fun for the whole community.

●      Explorit’s Exploration Gallery is open to the public every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. and every Friday, 3:00-6:00 p.m.  Admission is $5.00 per person; Explorit members, teachers and children 2 and under are free. Come check out the new Nano Mini Exhibition.

●      Interested in helping out the community through board membership? Explorit is currently seeking individuals in the community to serve as members of our volunteer board. Please call or email for additional information on how to apply.

●      Interested in membership? Think your Explorit membership may have lapsed?  Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 to check or sign up.

●      Birthdays are fun with science at Explorit! Choose Super Birthday Party topics to make this a special event. Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 for more information or to book your party.



Explorit Science Center is located at 3141 5th St. For more information call (530) 756-0191 or visit, or “like” us on Facebook at

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