You started to create a vegetable garden in your house, or a mysterious plant started to grow in one of your pots, now what? How do you know what kind of plant this is?

In the past, it was necessary, and maybe even in some situations, to rely on the wisdom of an older relative, to appeal to grandma or grandpa, who uses plants for everything. But don't worry, now you can identify which type, species of plant just like a photo, simple, easy and fast! You can identify the plant through an image of the leaves, flowers, fruits and even the bark.

Identifying the plant species by photo with PlantNet

As technology advances, it is now possible to cross images in a matter of seconds to identify and compare features, and that is exactly what the PlantNet does! With it, it is possible to send images and identify the species of the plant in question. The process is very simple.

PlantNet is an image collection, annotation and search application to help identify plants. It was developed by a consortium involving scientists from CIRAD, INRA, INRIA, IRD and the Tela Botanica network, in a project financed by the Agropolis Fondation.

It integrates a help system for the automatic identification of plants from photos compared to images from a botanical database. The results allow you to find the scientific name of a plant.

Both the number of processed and analyzed species, as well as the number of images used in the comparison, evolve with each use and contribution by users in this project.

1. Take or send a photo of the plant in question

PlantNet send photo

The first thing you need to do is upload a photo of the plant, flower or fruit you want to identify. You can take a photo directly from the app or upload an image from your gallery.

two. Select which part of the plant the photo corresponds to

PlantNet select organ

Now you need to inform which part of the photo is in evidence in the photo, this helps the algorithm to be able to identify and better match the photos in its database. Now just wait, usually the shipping process is pretty quick.

3. Identify the possible species of plant

PlantNet identify plant

Once identified, all possible matches for your plant will be listed, now we will need to evaluate the results to identify which is the actual plant.

The application makes this task much easier, you can see in each possible corresponding species, photos of other users of the flower, leaf or fruit. On the same tab, you can access the Wikipedia page for the species in question, and see a map with occurrences of other users, which makes it easy to identify if it is a typical plant in your region.

4. Validate the found result

Now you have the option to validate the result found, if you are sure that I have found your plant's species, just click on the validate button. This helps to improve the app's algorithm and assist other users!

PlantNet is available in web, iOS and Android versions:

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