Gallery: The Leafsnap App Helps You Identify Every Tree in NYC

The free Leafsnap app is the first of a series of digital field guides using visual recognition to identify plants and species. To find out what tree you're looking at, all you have to do is take one of the leaves (preferably one that has fallen on the ground... no need to pluck fresh ones from the branches!), place it on a clean, light colored background, and snap a photo. The app tells you whether it’s a sycamore or elm, along with providing high-res pictures of the tree’s flowers and other characteristics.

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  1. bowvine September 29, 2012 at 12:02 pm
    I have just tried the app with 8 different leaves that I know, e.g., lilac, sugar maple, forsythia, etc., and results came back with about 10 different answers, none of which were correct.
  2. cyborgsix November 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm
    A Google Goggles/TinEye focused (*heh*) on plants. Cool. And @Fer Servadu...From Leafsnap's "About" page, FAQ section: When will there be an Android version of Leafsnap? We have one under development, but since the app is free and the work is being done by volunteers, we do not have a release date, nor a firm guess as to when this will be.
  3. Fer Servadu October 31, 2011 at 8:35 am
    You should mention that this app is only available for iPhones & iPads. No Android ;_;