Identifying plants by photo is possible with the PlantNet application, which allows you to discover new species. Available on Android and iPhone (iOS) phones, the free tool can only identify the plant name with an image. To obtain the result, the service uses a botanical database with millions of records – which makes it possible to give answers with great precision. In addition, users can contribute to the improvement of the app by confirming that the suggestion presented matches the photo sent.
To achieve a more efficient experience, the platform gives tips on how to capture the photographs for easier reading by the system. This reduces the obstacles to plant recognition. Basic use of the application does not require registration. The following procedure was performed on a smartphone with a Google operating system, but the tips also apply to Apple devices. In this tutorial, the dnetc teaches you how to use PlantNet to find out the name of a plant.
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Learn how to use PlantNet to identify plants using a photo – Photo: Raquel Freire / dnetc
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Step 1. Install PlantNet on your phone via the dnetc page. Upon opening the app you will be asked for access to your location. Deny or allow, as you wish – this does not prevent use, only the location will be added to the photos of the plants you capture. Then tap the camera button to load the plant image;
Select the photo capture button in the PlantNet app – Photo: Reproduction / Raquel Freire
Step 2. The application will ask for permission to access the phone’s storage and camera. Touch «Allow», otherwise it will not be able to perform its main function. Then a short tutorial will be shown on the best way to take pictures of the plants – they should be as isolated as possible, away from other species. Press «OK» to proceed;
Give access to the cell phone’s storage and camera through PlantNet – Photo: Reproduction / Raquel Freire
Step 3. You can capture a photo instantly or upload an image saved in the smartphone gallery. In this tutorial, we chose the «Camera» option to make a new record. Just frame the plan – as explained in the tutorial from the previous step – and press the capture button;
Capture the plant photo with the PlantNet app – Photo: Reproduction / Raquel Freire
Step 4. If the photo looks bad, press the trash can to discard the image and make a new capture. On the other hand, if the result is satisfactory, tap the check button to use it. Then, define the characteristics of the plant to be identified: «Leaf», «Flower», «Fruit» or «Stem»;
Selection of the type of plant organ you want to identify with the PlantNet app – Photo: Reproduction / Raquel Freire
Step 5. PlantNet will display the most likely species at the top, with other possibilities at the bottom. The app gathers several photos per plant, so the user can confirm that the image in the collection corresponds to the plant in question. If the search is correct and you want to inform the community, go to «Confirm» and then tap «Contribute». The «Cancel» option skips the following steps;
Confirm the correspondence between the photo of the plant and the result found by PlantNet – Photo: Reproduction / Raquel Freire
Step 6. For those who are registered in the system, just enter the username, password and touch «Connection». Otherwise, go to «Create a user account». Create a login, enter your name and email, make a password and press the «Create a user account» button;
Create a user account on the PlantNet platform – Photo: Reproduction / Raquel Freire
Step 7. Confirmation will be sent automatically after the account is created. Capture whenever you want to know the name of a plant with PlantNet.
Sending an observation about the results of the plant survey by photo with PlantNet – Photo: Reproduction / Raquel Freire
Ready. Take advantage of the tip and get to know the types of plants you want with the PlantNet application.
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