This App has photos for about 2,900 plants. When you are trying to identify a plant it takes too much effort to compare your plant to all 2,900 photos. This App provides a way to limit the number of possible plants to help reduce the time it takes to identify a plant.
On the start-up page you select either Oregon or Washington plants by tapping on the corrosponding picture. This starts a search menu.
The search menu allows you to specify the plant category, flower color, flower shape, leaf arrangement, plant habitat, plant elevation, the observation time and plant locatioin. The number of selected plants is shown at the top of the screen. As you add search criteria this number becomes smaller. What you want to do is to add criteria that does not exclude the plant you are trying to identify while excluding other plants. A good place to start is by selecting the month in which the plant was observed.
Not all of the search criteria will fit on one screen so you must scroll the screen left-and-right and up-and-down in order to see everything. As you select criteria, a box is placed around the items you have tapped. You can unselect a box by tapping it a second time. The three photos in the upper right corner of the display show up to three of the plants that have been selected.
At any time you can tap the Show field to see all of the plants that meet the search criteria. If you have not set any search criteria this will show you about 3000 plants.
By tapping Show you start a scrolling list of the selected plants. You see a thumbnail photo for each plant. The App attempts to put the plants that are most likely the plant you are trying to identify at the top of the list. When you find a plant that looks about right, tap on the photo to go to a page for that plant.
Each plant page starts with a photo and the plant names. Scroll down to find a plot showing when the plant was observed vs. the elevation at which the plant was found. On the left side of this plot is a plot that shows just the elevations where this plant was found. Below this plot is a plot that shows just the times at which the plant was observed. Scroll further down to find a map showing where this plant was found. Green areas show counties in which the plant was found. Dots indicate coordinates of plant sightings. At the end of this page are lists of links. When you have an internet connection you can use these links to view websites with more information about the plant.
Each entry in the scrolling list has a check box. Tapping on the box will place the name of that species into a plant list and causes the box to become checked. Tapping on a checked box will remove the species from the plant list and the box will no longer be checked. You can find the plant list in the Documents directory with a name of PlantList-m-d-y.tsv. The current month, day and year replace the letters m-d-y in the file name. The file is a ".tsv" file which is a plain text file that uses tab characters between fields. The file is formatted so that it can be used with spreadsheet programs and has the format shown in this example:
In addition to the daily plant list there is a master plant list with the file name of PlantList.tsv. This list is the accumulation of all the daily lists. It holds the date when the species was first checked. Species in this list will have green check boxes making it easy for you to see the species that you have checked in the past. You can see the contents of any plant list by tapping "Plant Lists" in the start up menu.
At the top of the scrolling list of plants there is a text field where you can enter a plant name. Tap this field to bring up a soft keyboard. Then enter the plant name. As you enter characters the scrolling list is immediately changed to contain only those plants that match the part of the name you have entered. Use the Enter key to dismiss the keyboard when you have finished entering text.
When entering a plant name you only need to enter a part of the name. For example, if you wish to see the entry for Achillea millefolium you can enter "ac mi". The "ac" will match the start of Achillea and a few other plants. Then the "mi" will match the start of millefolium.