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

As the leaves change colors and fall to the ground, the best way to enjoy the warm hues is to head to the park. But do you have any idea what trees those leaves came from? Don’t worry, there’s an app for that. Leafsnap, created through a collaboration between Columbia University, the University of Maryland, the Smithsonian Institute, and, uses visual recognition algorithms to identify fallen flora. The app is geared toward us urbanites, as it currently includes tree species in New York City, Washington, D.C., and parts of the Northeast.

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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 ;_;