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Identifying plants with your phone

Did you know you can identify plants with your phone? This can be very handy when you're bushwalking on Bribie and come across a rare orchid, for example! Or just to find out more about a pretty flower when on the Wildflower Walk.

We're planning to add a Gallery page to this website where members can share their best pics, so get snapping!

Disclaimer: I'm not making any guarantees as the accuracy of the search results. It's a bit hit-and-miss to be honest, but works best if you have distinctive plant features in the photo, like flowers and leaf shapes, and avoid including any other plants.


Method One: Apple Photos

Your Apple iPhone or iPad has a built-in feature for identifying flowers:

  1. Take a photo of the flower centre-frame.

  2. Open the photo in the Photos app.

  3. Tap the sparkly info icon below the photo.

  4. Tap the Look Up option below the photo.

  5. Enjoy learning about similar looking plants!


Method Two: Google Lens

Install the Google app on your iOS or Android phone to use the Lens feature, which will find anything that looks similar to a photo, including photos of plants:

Google app with Lens button
  1. Open the Google app.

  2. Press the colourful camera icon on the search box to go into Google Lens.

  3. Either select a photo or take a new one.

  4. Select the part of the photo to search on.

  5. Explore the search results.

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Unknown member
Jun 06, 2022

Thank you, I will try the Apple photos feature


Unknown member
May 30, 2022

I use the app Picture This - Plant Identification

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