Leafsnap app: Identify tree species on your nature walk

Leafsnap is a cool app that uses visual recognition software to identify tree species from photos of their leaves.

While the leaves are still falling during the remainder of Autumn, Leafsnap makes a perfect nature companion for those who like to pick up leaves.

The way it works is that you take a photo of the leaf, with the leafstalk still attached, against a white background, such as paper or a cloth. The Leafsnap app will then check its database for a match.

The free mobile app uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves. The app also contains beautiful high-resolution images of leaves, flowers, fruits, petioles, seeds and bark, as well as mini fact files on each species.

Leafsnap is a series of electronic field guides being developed by researchers from Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution.

The original Leafsnap currently includes trees found in the Northeastern United States and Canada, and will soon grow to include the trees of the entire continental United States.

Leafsnap UK app, developed by the Natural History Museum in collaboration with US Leafsnap teams, currently has 156 species of tree in the UK in its database. More species are expected to be added in the next version.

Leafsnap is currently available as an iPhone app only. An android app is expected, but there is currently no release date.

Leafsnap can be downloaded for free from the App Store.


Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea

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